Autumn in Katsuoji

One of the many charms of Katsuoji is the view during Autumn. After visiting it during Summer time, Miss S and I decided to see it during the Autumn season as well. This time we just took the train and then bus to get there. How to get there from Osaka(Access) We took Hankyu Line…

Myamar Adventure : Mt. Popa

We had a whole before our bus to Yangon leaves so we decided to visit Mt. Popa. Mt. Popa is a dormant volcano which is about 40-50 minutes by car from New Bagan. The temple on top of Mt. Popa Another one. We paid about 22,000 Kyats ( $15-17) for 2 people. The taxi waited…

Myanmar Adventure : Bagan 

Bagan was considered to be the heart of Myanmar over the centuries. It burts of spiritual creativity which lasted for two and half centuries , beginning in 1047 and ending in 1287 when Kublai Khan raided the city. One the main attraction is the “Bagan Archaelogical Zone” which occupies an impressive 26-sq mile area. Sunrise…

Myanmar Adventure : Shwedagon Paya (Pagoda)

I never really finished writing about the last trip to Myanmar, so please allow me to continue. After we visited Botataung Paya, we walked all the way to Shewadagon Paya. Same as Botataung, I was mistaken as one of the local and it would have been free entrance for me if I know some basic…

Katsuoji

Katsuoji Temple (勝尾寺) was formerly written as “勝王寺” (meaning “temple that surpasses any kings”) because it was said that Buddhist prayers exceeded the Imperial power of the time. Later, since “王” (king) was replaced with “尾” (a kanji character with the same sound as “王”) to show constraint, the temple has been referred to as…