Osorezan, the buddhist hell mountain in Northern Japan
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Field 2012, Field Journal, Japan Culture facts

Japanese folklore facts: The Osorezan and the spirits of the dead

Talking about Japanese folklore facts, I can't but share with you my experience at the Mt. Osore, and the tradition connected to the spirits of the dead. If you remember when we talked about...

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Discover Buddhism in Japan: Mokuren, Buddha and the other world
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Field Journal, Japan Culture facts

Japanese traditions: Itako, Buddha and the other world

If we talk about Japanese traditions, itako are symbols of the popular, folk-religion; they have loose ties with institutional centers and established sects or schools. However, among the older generation there were some mythological...

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