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Christopher Warnock, Esq.
Japan Trip 2015:
Astrology, Magic & Pilgrimage

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Kiyumizudera Gate
Kiyumizudera Gate, Kyoto. Japan

I spent 12 days in Japan, in late November and early December 2015. As usual the trip combined astrology lectures, astrological magic workshops and pilgrimage to Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines.

Munehisa at Taishakuten, Tokyo

There is no way I could have done it without my good friend, student and guide, Munehisa Yoshigaki, who is a top Japanese professional astrologer. Munehisa-san took care of all my hotel and travel reservations as well as set up all the lectures and workshops. I am getting more and more independant, however, this time I got myself to Tokyo Station, took the shinkasen (bullet train) to Kyoto and then got to and checked in to my Kyoto hotel. A little Japanese gets you a long way!

Yasaka Pagoda
Yasaka Pagoda, Kyoto
I was very happy to get back to Kyoto and visit temples and shrines there.

Ninen-zaka, Kyoto
Ninen-zaka, traditional street approach to Kiyumizudera, Kyoto.

Ninen-zaka and Sannen-zaka are preserved traditional streets, with many shops, that lead to Kiyumizudera, a very famous Buddhist temple in Kyoto. It took a lot of online digging to actually where they were, but it was definitely worth it!

Master Seizan, Daiji-in, Kyoto

One of the highlights of the trip was being able to attend a private zazenkai at the famous Rinzai temple Daitokuji in Kyoto. Master Seizan is a monk at Daiji-in, a sub-temple at Daitokuji and he was kind enough to lead this special zazen sitting. It is not easy to arrange to sit zazen in Japan!

Abe no Semei Jinja
Abe no Semei Jinja, Kyoto

Another highlight of the trip was going to the Abe no Semei Jinja, a Shinto shrine in Kyoto. Abe no Semei was a famous Japanese Onmyoji, a type of Japanese astrological magic! We had a special ceremony done for us at the shrine by the shrine priest.

Akihabara, Tokyo

It's easy to get the impression that Japan is very traditional, when in fact, it is super modern and high tech. Here's a picture of Akihabara, a district of Tokyo, not too far from Kanda, where I like to stay when I am in Tokyo. As much as I like traditional Japan, I really enjoy learning about modern Japanese culture and interacting with contemporary Japan. It looks like I am going to be able to keep visiting Japan regularly!



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