Japan is not a country where you only come to see things around. Here, more than anywhere else, you better try new experiences and feel Japanese spirituality.
The land of Zen
Although Zen takes its origin in China, Japan pushed it one step further for centuries and came up with exclusive innovations such as zen garden or extremely refined tea ceremony
Tea ceremony, the traditional ritual where you will feel Japanese essence at its peak
If you are a tea lover, you definitively don’t want to miss the occasion of trying genuine Japanese green tea during your stay in Japan. Thus, you have to know that in the archipelago, green tea is considered more than a simple beverage.
Imagine yourself in the serene and quiet atmosphere of a remote teahouse, within a sacred shinto shrine, a master in front of you is preparing the delicate macha in the respect of the tradition. With this delicious tea characterized by its bright green, it will also be the perfect chance for you to taste wagashi, the savory Japanese colorful sweets.
Find your Empty Mind through the Seated Meditation zazen
One of the greatest thing about Japan that you will notice immediately as soon as you foot the soil here if it is not the case yet, is that you can always escape yourself from the city without even having to leave it. In this luxuriant island, solemn shrines are secretly isolated in the enclosure of majestic forests while being right next to some over-crowded areas and limitless buildings.
This is why Japan is seen as one of the most suitable place to try meditation and cultivate your own mind. In a quiet environment with nothing to hinder you around, a priest will gradually guide you on the way of enlightenment. Trying Zazen means walking a step closer towards the understanding of Japanese peaceful philosophy but also towards your inner-self than people tends to forget too much nowadays.
The Natural Hot Spring Onsen, a Blessing of Mother Earth to Japan
We often hear about how frequent are earthquakes, tsunamis, typhoons in the country of the rising sun. Some people are even talking about curses or bad luck. However, although this is true that Japan counts nearly 20% of the world’s earthquakes, everything is meticulously made to resist it so damages are extremely rare.
On the other hand, when you look at the flip side of the coin, you realize how blessed Japanese peoples really are. Among the rich, abundant and fertile lands, the magmatic activity created a variety of holy places called Onsen. There is no country on this earth which have deep links with bath culture like Japan. From the mountain hot springs surrounded by snow of Hokkaido to the tropical paradise atmosphere of Okinawa, there are too many places waiting for you to dive it into and relax. Also, if you want to learn more about Japanese hot springs, we propose you a complete article here.