Category Archives: Places

Kumano Sanzan-Hongu Taisha in the Spring

This video was shot in the Spring of 2011 and is a slow virtual tour around the Hongu Grand Shrine, in Hongu cho, Tanabe City and is one of the Kumano Sanzan which also includes the Hayatama Grand Shrine in … Continue reading

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A Bird’s Eye View of Typhoon Talas

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Kumano Hayatama Taisha Slideshow

Hayatama Taisha, or Hayatama Grand Shrine, also known as Hayatama Jinju is the NEW SHRINE from which Shingu, or SHIN GUU, gets its name. The original shrine is Kamikura Shrine and is where the annual Shingu Fire Festival, or Otou … Continue reading

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Typhoon Talas – The Worst Typhoon in Kumano’s History

On September 3rd and 4th a slow moving typhoon hovered over Kumano and compounded with Kumano’s own cloud cover to produce record breaking torrential rainfall. Parts of the region received the equivalent of 6 months to 1 years worth of … Continue reading

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Interview at Kyoiku Gakusha

Recently I visited Kyoiku Gakusha 共育学舎 in Kumanogawa Town which is part of Shingu City in the region of Kumano. If you would like to visit or learn more about Kyoiku Gakusha you can visit this site. http://kyouiku-gakusya.itrobo.net/ If you … Continue reading

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Making Kumano Bancha in Akakura

Making Kumano Bancha Of course it is all organic made using traditional methods.

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Maruyama Senmaida (1000 Rice Paddies)

Here is a quick peek into how a group of farmers in Maruyama in Kiwa Town are getting together to build up the banks of the rice paddies to keep the water in for rice cultivation. The community bands together … Continue reading

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Shingu Fire Festival Part 4

Here is the final installment of the Fire Festival series. Let me know your impressions. I think there are some interesting scenes especially how the adults and kids are relating to each other during this festival. There are not a … Continue reading

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Shingu Fire Festival Part 2

Here is Shingu Fire Festival Part 2 and shows the ‘noboriko’ doing ‘sanshamairi’ where they visit important shrines in the city on their way to Kamikura Jinja (Kamikura Shrine). Most videos on the Otou Matsuri focus on the Fire festival … Continue reading

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Shingu Fire Festival Part 1

This is the first video of 4 videos that I took during the Shingu Fire Festival on February 6th, 2011. Before the festival all the men and boys who participate in the Shingu Fire Festival eat only white food, drink … Continue reading

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