Gods of Kumano.

by Shin"ichi Nagai

Publisher: Kodansha International in Tokyo, Palo Alto, Calif

Written in English
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Edition Notes

StatementPhotos by Yukichi Watabe.
SeriesThis beautiful world, v. 4
ContributionsWatabe, Yūkichi, 1924- illus.
LC ClassificationsDS895.K87 N3
The Physical Object
Pagination142 p.
Number of Pages142
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL5617987M
LC Control Number68026553

  The Kumano Kodo, a year-old pilgrimage, is both easily accessible and a world away from Japan’s sprawling metropolitan centers. Located about a hundred kilometers south of Osaka, the Kumano. Then you will enjoy reading this book about the KUMANO KODO, thousand-year-old Pilgrimage trails in the Kii Mountains of Japan. This is the first and only detailed and comprehensive English travel guide for kilometers thousand-year-old mountainous pilgrimage trails in . From here, they would have trekked on down to the coast, through forests of mighty cedars and hallowed nagi trees, before reaching the final grand Sanzan of the Kumano Kodō – Hayatama Taisha, situated at the foot of the holy mountain of Kamikurayama, where the Kumano gods are said first to have descended from heaven, bringing with them the. What is the Kumano Kodo? The Kumano Kodo is one of only two pilgrimage routes globally designated as World Heritage by UNESCO. It is a pilgrimage route leading to the grand Kumano Hongu Shrine that has been walked by emperors, ascetics and peasants alike for over 1, years.

Kumano Kodo Food The wonderful regional cuisine in the traditional guesthouses is truly one of the highlights of hiking the Kumano Kodo. From the fresh organic produce grown in the region to the freshly caught river fish and the vegetarian cuisine of Koyasan monastery accommodation, walking the Kumano Kodo is also an exploration of tastes. Japan's Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage book. Read reviews from world’s largest community for readers. Guidebook to Japan's Kumano Kodo, a series of UNESCO-listed 4/5(1). Nachi Falls: Measuring meters ( feet) high, Nachi is Japan’s tallest waterfall, and crashes beautifully over the cliffside behind Nachi Taisha, the second and most famous of the 3 grand Kumano shrines. If you are able to book guest houses in this area, it would be nice because you could take the bus to visit the falls in the morning. Kumano was thus both a real place and a utopia: a non-place of paradise or enlightenment. It was a location in which cultural ideals--about death, salvation, gender, and authority--were represented, contested, and even at times inverted. This book encompasses both the real and the ideal, both the historical and the ideological, Kumano.

Kumano Kodo is the collective name for the pilgrimage routes leading to the three shrines known as the Kumano Sanzan. Although the Kumano Sanzan shrines are located in Wakayama Prefecture (adjacent to Mie Prefecture), many pilgrims travel here from Kyoto, Osaka, and Aichi prefectures, so the Kumano Kodo extends to the north, south, east, and. Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Trek. We greatly enjoyed the holiday, with the highlights bring the trek and Koyasan. The organisation was faultless and the guide was first class. My strongest memories are of the towering cedar trees, the baths, the traditional bedrooms and the dining experiences. Thanks for a great trip. Mrs L Legg, Wiltshire. across the mountains towards the Kumano grand shrines at Hongu and then Nachisan. Total distance 68km Daily distances From 13km to 24km depending on overnight options chosen and number of days walked. Expect 6 to 8 hours of daily walking on the longer trekking days. Signs/waymarkers The Kumano Kodo trail is extremely well marked with wooden signs. Things to Do in Kumano, Japan: See Tripadvisor's traveler reviews and photos of Kumano tourist attractions. Find what to do today, this weekend, or in June. We have reviews of the best places to see in Kumano. Visit top-rated & must-see attractions.

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Then you will enjoy reading this pages book about the KUMANO KODO, thousand-year-old Pilgrimage trails in the Kii Mountains of Japan. The first and only authoritative, detailed and most complete English travel guide for km of trails, 16’m of altitude and 60hrs of hiking.

Additional Physical Format: Online version: Nagai, Shinʼichi, Gods of Kumano. Tokyo, Palo Alto, Calif., Kodansha International [] (OCoLC)   Guidebook to Japan's Kumano Kodo, a series of UNESCO-listed pilgrimage routes that crisscross the mountainous Kii peninsula, south of Osaka.

Centred on three Shinto-Buddhist shrines known as the Kumano Sanzan, the ancient trails blend great hiking and exceptional natural beauty with a unique insight into Japan's rich history, culture and spirituality/5(21).

Gods Of Kumano: Shinto and the Occult (Photographs by Yukichi Watabe. This Beautiful World Series Volume 4.) by Nagai, Shinichi and a great selection of related. Kumano is situated in the southeastern part of the Kii Peninsula in Wakayama Prefecture.

Only a few hours away from Osaka it is a world apart from the chaos of Japan’s modern city life. The awe-inspiring nature of the Kii Mountains has prompted people to worship rocks, mountains, rivers and waterfalls as gods since pre-historic times. We recommend booking Kumano Kodo tours ahead of time to secure your spot.

If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel up to 24 hours before your tour starts for a full refund. See all 1 Kumano Kodo tours on Tripadvisor/ TripAdvisor reviews.

The Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route isn’t as popular as the ski slopes of Niseko or the crystalline waters of the erstwhile Ryukyu Kingdom but has a hidden advantage. In spite of being home to some of the most magical scenery in Japan, it sits only a couple hours from Osaka.

The Kumano Kodo is not only a complete departure from today’s Japan. Legend has it that the Kumano gods, in the form of three moons, descended into the branches of a giant oak tree in this clearing and laid to rest forever.

Today, each of the three temples is said to have the spirit of the gods, and people prayer to the different temples for safe passage in life.

The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau runs the Kumano Travel Reservation System with which you can book lodging, luggage transfers and other services/activities. They also produce excellent maps and brochures about the area. The Kumano Tanabe booking service is relatively easy to use.

Just note that you must make all your accommodation choices and fill all the boxes before you check out. Emperors, Gods, and Everyman. Author: William K. Klingaman; Publisher: Castle Books, Incorporated ISBN: Category: History Page: View: DOWNLOAD NOW» An engrossing popular history of the major events and people at the time.

Gods of Kumano. Shinto and the Occult. Shinichi Nagai. Photographs by Yukichi Watabe. Tokyo/Palo Alto: Kodansha International, pages with illustrations (some color), maps.

From the publisher’s This Beautiful World series, No. Very good condition softcover book “No part of Japan has been more plentifully endowed by Rating: % positive. Gods of Kumano, Shinto and the Occult on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.

Gods of Kumano, Shinto and the Occult. Buddhist monks and other religious pilgrims have walked the roads of the Kumano Kodo for over 1, years to reach some of Japan’s most sacred shrines and temples. Also known as the Kumano Old Road, the Kumano Kodo is a collection of interconnecting ancient trails in Western Japan.

Connecting modern-day prefectures like Osaka, Nara, Wakayama, and Mie to Mount Koya, Ise Grand Shrine, and. The various paths are known collectively as the Kumano Kodo. The 3 shrines collectively known as Kumano Sanzan, are Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine, Kumano Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine, and Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine.

There is no real clear start and end point, nor is there a certain order or direction that you must go. The Kumano area (熊野) is located around the southern tip of the Kii Peninsula, about kilometers south of spans Wakayama and Mie Prefectures, though most of the attractions and religious sites are in Wakayama.

Kumano is centered around three shrines, Hongu Taisha, Nachi Taisha and Hayatama Taisha, collectively known as the Kumano Sanzan. Kumano Kodo: Iseji Route Pay your respects to Ise Jingu, Japan’s most holy shrine, and hike in the footsteps of the gods in Mie Prefecture.

Traversing steep mountain passes, bamboo forests, cobbled stone paths, and sandy beaches, Kumano Kodo’s Iseji trail is. Towering trees, the nation's tallest waterfall, and the mountains in between were themselves considered kami (gods), and a walk among them a sacred act.

Emperors and samurai from Kyoto kept detailed diaries of their pilgrimages here; one of the earliest was by an aristocrat who travelled to Kumano. Luckily the temperature is a little cooler in Kumano Kodo because it’s higher up in the mountains (and almost the entire path is shaded by a thick cover of trees).

According to the Kumano website it’s 28C (or 76F) high for July, which is a bit cooler. The Kumano Kodo pilgrimage is one of the worlds best multi-day hikes.

For the curious traveller in Japan, hiking one or more of the routes offers an alternative experience of this varied country; one far from the Japan of neon lights, and closer to the Japan of myths & gods. Certainly Kumano Kodo, but also the 88 Temples of Shikoku, the Nakasendo, the Tokaido.

Through syncretic melding of Buddhism and Shinto beliefs, the traditional Jizo has been rolled into the Dosojin collection of kami, or gods, and is considered both a deity to aid children in the underworld, and also a god to help travelers along their way.

Kumano Hongu-taisha Grand Shrine, Kumano Hayatama-taisha Shrine and Kumano Nachi-taisha Shrine are located in the southern part of Kii Peninsula.

Kumano Sanzan is the general term for all of theese places, where many worshippers considered as a place where a. Kumano Kodo (熊野古道, Kumano Kodō) refers to a network of pilgrimage trails through the southern Kansai region.

The Kodo ("old ways") are a key part of the region's UNESCO designation, and have been in use for over years.

They are the only pilgrimage routes besides the Camino de Santiago to be designated a world heritage site. Gods of Kumano (Book): Nagai, Shinʼichi. While our buildings are temporarily closed to the public, we are still here for you.

Kumano, the dwelling place of the gods Since its earliest days, the Kumano region has been regarded as a spiritually powerful area where gods inhabit the very fabric of the natural landscape.

During the Heian Period (), the Japanese Imperial Household began making the arduous trek to the region in search of spiritual enlightenment. The goal of the pilgrimage was simple: to visit and pay respects at the Hongu Taisha, Hayatama Taisha and the Nachi Taisha, also known as the Kumano Sanzan.

As the origins of the Kumano Pilgrimage were a combination of Buddhism, Shinto, Shinto mythology and nature worshiop, the reasons for performing the pilgrimage were very complex. Gods of Kumano. Shinto and the Occult.

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The island on the Kumano River that Amaterasu (the Zeus of Shintoism) supposedly stepped on to create the world, is still so holy no one has been allowed on it EVER.

The fire festival, the boat festival, and all festivals in honor of the gods are still performed by the local Kumano. Kumano's production is small and his pieces until fairly recently were rarely seen outside of Japan (see Writings links).

However, a large solo exhibition was hosted by Germany's Keramikmuseum Westerwald in –05, followed by a month-long workshop at Fachhochschule Koblenz inso at least some Europeans are getting to know the man and.

Kumano Kodo is the pilgrimage road that lead to Kumano Sanzan (the three grand shrines of Kumano: Hongu-taisha, Hayatama-taisha, Nachi-taisha).Kumano is located south of Yoshino, honored as a sacred place where the gods have lived since ancient times.

Hiking the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage. The Kumano Kodo describes a network of ancient paths that meander across Japan’s mountainous Kii peninsula. These trails connect three of the country’s most spectacular shrines: Kumano Hongū Taisha, Kumano Nachi Taisha, and Kumano Hayatama Taisha, collectively known as the Kumano Sanzan.

Kumano (熊野) was one of four Mogami class of heavy cruisers in the Imperial Japanese Navy, serving in World War was named after the Kumano River Kii Peninsula on the island of Honshu in central Mogami-class ships were constructed as "light cruisers" (per the Washington Naval Treaty) with five triple inch dual purpose were exceptionally large for light cruisers.Koyasan and Kumano Kodo.

On the Spring & Autumn tours we visit Koyasan before walking the entire 70km of the Nakahechi route of the Kumano Kodo as pilgrims have done since ancient times. Although sections of this walk may be challenging for some, we are rewarded with amazing scenery along the way.

Both tours include two nights in the Hongu area.Tokei Jinjya in which the gods of Kumano gather is on foot 1 minute. a great man and the Kumagusu Minakata Museam-- on foot -- he walks leisurely and it can travel for 5 minutes Guest room type Capacity of ten Domitori room For males Japanese-style room 1 set of bedding.