Category Archives: Places

Nachi no Dengaku

Here is a brief glimpse into Nachi no Dengaku 那智の田楽 by Kari Gröhn

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Kumano Pilgrimage Route

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Exploring Shimosato

Take a little journey to rural Japan! Here is a 7 minute journey to enjoy if but virtually! This little seaside village is just about 20-30 minutes from Kushimoto to the south on the Kii Peninsula. There are thousands of … Continue reading

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A Gift from Santa Cruz to Kumanogawa Town

This is short video showing the delegates of the Shingu Sister City Committee delivering financial support from Santa Cruz Sister City Committee and Alan J. Hiromura.

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Nagi Bakery and Cafe in Ohshima, Kushimoto Town

Here is a short interview of the owner of Nagi Bakery and Cafe on Ohshima in Kushimoto Town, Wakayama Prefecture. Kushimoto is about 50 minutes from Shingu City and about 3 hours from Osaka. The drive along the coast of … Continue reading

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Kagari Goku – Special Offering

On February 6th, the Shingu Fire Festival is held every year where around 2000 men and boys dress up in white clothing, eat and drink white food, and participate in various purification rites. Here is a picture of a Kagari … Continue reading

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Discovering Shingu

Here is a video by a newcomer to Shingu. Perhaps you can learn from his experiences!

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Ueshiba Morihei Founder of Aikido Part 1

Ueshiba Morihei, founder of the Aikido, the peaceful martial art, was born in Tanabe on the Kishu Peninsula in Wakayama. Shingu, Wakayama is famous for the Kumano World Juku Aikido Dojo where Ueshiba Morihei, also known as ‘O Sensei’ or … Continue reading

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Music in Kumano

Kumano is not just about spiritual pilgrimages, mountains, rivers, ocean, and shrines. Kumano also has some great places to listen to enjoy the arts, music, and meet the local people. Here is one concert that I and my good friend … Continue reading

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Kumano Sanzan-HayatamaTaisha in the Spring

This video was shot in the Spring of 2011 and is a slow virtual tour around the Hayatama Grand Shrine that is situated near the Kumano River in Shingu City. Hayatama Taisha, also known as Hayatama Shrine, is one of … Continue reading

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