religion

Buddhist metaverse “Teraverse” in development at Kyoto University, includes AI Buddha

I guess you could call it a meta-metaverse.

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Flush your prayers down the toilet at this unique Japanese temple

A new way to pray at the porcelain altar.

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Holy noodles! Japanese restaurant serves up some very unusual udon

Food for thought, in more ways than one.

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Visit the birthplace of the Japanese daruma in Gunma Prefecture

Home to some unusual rotund inhabitants.

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Japan’s northernmost brewery on the mainland is…a temple?!?

The holiest craft beer in the country.

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Where to find the Great Floating Buddha of Ikebukuro

Tokyo ward known for its otaku culture holds a hidden gem not many people know about.

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Whisky worship: Kyoto craftsmen make prayer beads out of Japanese whisky barrels

Oak is reborn as juzu after half-century helping to make Japanese whisky.

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Cosplay company creates fantasy RPG-style memorial altars for the ashes of your ancestors【Photos】

Takumi Armory helps you give family members a resting place and sendoff fit for a hero.

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Online pilgrimages along Japan’s famous Shikoku Henro route begin later this year

A journey of 1,000 kilometers begins with a single log-in.

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Senkoji: The Japanese temple that’s more like a theme park to heaven and hell

The chief priest at this temple says there’s more to this experience than just entertainment.

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This Tokyo apartment building uses feng shui in its design to make for very lucky living spaces

With bright color schemes and unusual room designs, this complex would be a unique place to live!

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Boys’ love at the temple? Sensual ikemen art that raised eyebrows in Japan now set to be removed

Modern makeover at centuries-old temple comes to an end, but not for rumoured reasons.

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Enjoy “Jinja Ehru” ginger ale from a historic shrine in Tokyo

Drink up the shrine’s blessings in a most sacred pun.

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Does Tokyo’s “breakup shrine” really have the power to end relationships?

We set out to dispel rumours about the shrine’s mysterious power…but it ends up biting us in the butt.

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Sacred forbidden forest at a Japanese shrine has been off-limits to visitors for centuries

We get to enter a holy land that’s been protected since ancient times, and it reminds us of the world of Princess Mononoke.

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Cursed sites of Tokyo: A love shrine with 7 mysteries and a vengeful samurai ghost

Dark details you won’t find in travel guides to Japan. 

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Japanese water purification ritual at shrines under threat due to the pandemic

Shrine enthusiasts come up with a clever solution to help preserve an important tradition.

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Japanese police hide at shrine in camo gear to catch a thief…who stole six bucks 【Video】

Elaborate sting operation lasts over four hours, ends with an officer tripping over and another one appearing from the bushes in a full-on Ghillie suit.

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Japanese taxi company offers service to visit family graves for those who can’t travel themselves

Send a taxi driver to your family’s resting place, but it costs extra to leave flowers.

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Major Japanese bread maker officially finds God

Breadliness is next to godliness.

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