Special shrine opens ahead of Rugby World Cup

Rugby Aug 20, 2019

Special shrine opens ahead of Rugby World Cup

A special rugby shrine opened in the Marunouchi business district of central Tokyo on Tuesday, ahead of the Rugby World Cup starting in a month. Goal posts resembling a Shinto torii gateway and a bell shaped like a rugby ball to be rung by worshippers ...

Vandals attack another temple with oily liquid

National Apr 5, 2017

Vandals attack another temple with oily liquid

Zojoji Temple in central Tokyo appears to be the latest target of attack by vandals suspected of defacing shrines and temples across the country this month with an unidentified liquid, according to the police. Police are investigating at least a dozen stains that were found ...

Japanese folklore meets anime in Kyoto

Culture | CULTURE SMASH Jan 21, 2017

Japanese folklore meets anime in Kyoto

by Roland Kelts

The colors were jarring. Beneath the vermillion torii gates of Kyoto's Shimogamo Shrine and surrounded by the olive broadleaves of Tadasu Forest was a pool of furry, bright yellow ponchos, decorated with the brown facial features, rounded ears and bulbous oblong tails of the ...