Kurama, on the outskirts of the north mountain area of Kyoto, has always been known as a very strong power spot. According to legend, a supernatural power from Venus came down to Kurama 6.5 million years ago, and since then Kurama has been blessed with strong spiritual power. In the course of time, long-nosed goblins lived on this mountain and many folklore stories were handed down. In 1922, Mikao Usui (1865-1926) isolated himself in Kurama's mountains for 21 days and eventually was blessed with healing powers. He named the power 'Reiki' and applied this power to help the injured and sick. Walking up the long stone steps to Kurama Temple, standing on the stone pavement in front of the main hall, and going into the inner sanctuary, you might feel a strong power running through your body!
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。