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Revisited: Katsuo-ji temple


Once again, we visit this temple of course with different people, I mean visitor. The temple was done renovating. This is the new place they built.


Look at my little princess staring those Daruma Dolls. Those dolls are scattered in this temple.


The Daruma doll (達磨daruma), also known as a Dharma doll, is a hollow, round, Japanese traditional doll modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen sect of Buddhism. These dolls, though typically red and depicting a bearded man (Dharma), vary greatly in color and design depending on region and artist. Though considered an omocha, meaning toy, by some, Daruma has a design that is rich in symbolism and is regarded more as a talisman of good luck to the Japanese. Daruma dolls are seen as a symbol of perseverance and good luck, making them a popular gift of encouragement. The doll has also been commercialized by many Buddhist temples to use alongside goal setting.

When purchased, the eyes are white so a person can decide on a goal or wish and paint one eye in. Once the goal is achieved, the second eye is filled in.

History and commercialization

The current popular symbolism associated with Daruma as a good luck charm in part originated with the Daruma-dera (Temple of Daruma) in the city of Takasaki (Gunma Prefecture, north of Tokyo). Josef Kyburz, author of “Omocha”: Things to Play (Or Not to Play) with, explained that the founder of Daruma-Dera would draw New Year’s charms depicting Bodhidharma. The parishioners would keep these charms to “bring happiness and prosperity and ward off accidents and misfortune”.

It is believed that the Daruma figurine then originated from this region when the ninth priest, Togaku, found a solution to handle the constant requests of the parishioners for new charms. The charms were always given with an effectiveness of one year, so the people required new ones every year. He solved this by entrusting them with the making of their own Daruma charms near the beginning of the Meiwa period (1764–72). The temple made wooden block molds for the people to use. The peasants then used these molds to make three-dimensional papier-mâché charms.

Kyburz notes that though it is unknown when the Daruma figurine combined with the tumbler doll; the two were well recognized as synonymous by the mid-19th century. The doll quickly grew in popularity, becoming a mascot of the region. This was due greatly in part to fact that the majority of the families were silk farmers, a crop which requires a great deal of luck for success.

There is an annual Daruma Doll Festival (達磨市daruma-ichi) held by the city of Takasaki in celebration of being the proclaimed birthplace of the Daruma doll. The celebration is held at the Shorinzan, the name of Takasaki’s “Daruma-Dera”. According to the Takasaki city website, “Over 400,000 people from all over the Kanto Plain come to buy new good-luck dolls for the year. Takasaki produces 80% of Japan’s Daruma dolls.” The festival also features a 24-hour reading of sutras by the Shorinzan monks for world peace.


This is nice, had been for a while they closed this section. Now it’s open. Totally nice.

Of course, I have video which i uploaded in my channel.

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Autumn at Katsuo-ji Temple


After our Japanese class, my hubby wants to try to eat this resto. because we, my friend (Brazilian-Japanese) visit last time we loved the bread here. So, now we did and he (husband) love it, better in Jolly Pasta and Seseriya Restaurant that we usually eat.

Dolce Moscato – Italian Restaurant


Just loved the effect of the mist of this temple…

Katsuō-ji (勝尾寺 Katsuō-ji?) is a Buddhist temple in Minō city, north of Osaka, Japan.

According to an English language brochure given out at the temple, the site was first occupied late in the Nara period by two priests, Zenchū and Zensan. The Miroku-ji temple was erected in 765 CE. The name “Katsuō-ji” was given by the Emperor Seiwa. The temple was burned in 1184 CE. The present Main Hall and Temple Gate were rebuilt by Hideyori Toyotomi.

The word “katsu” in the temple’s name refers to winning. People buy daruma dolls hoping to obtain “winner’s luck”.[1] If the wish is fulfilled, the daruma is often returned to the temple and left somewhere on the grounds.

and we’re surprised when we go inside a lot of cosplay having a pictorial inside.

Cosplay (コスプレkosupure?), a contraction of the words costume play, is a performance art in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character.[1] Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture and a broader use of the term “cosplay” applies to any costumed role-playing in venues apart from the stage. Any entity that lends itself to dramatic interpretation may be taken up as a subject and it is not unusual to see genders switched. Favorite sources include manga and anime, comic books and cartoons, video games, and live-action films and television series.

The rapid growth in the number of people cosplaying as a hobby since 1990s has made the phenomenon a significant aspect of popular culture in Japan and some other parts of Asia and in the Western world. Cosplay events are common features of fan conventions and there are also dedicated conventions and local and international competitions, as well as social networks, websites and other forms of media centered on cosplay activities.

Usually, they are not allowed to do this inside the temple or prayer place. Well, I think they ask permission for it. Anyway, so nice to see them wearing costume and the weird contact lenses. Anyway, my son don’t want to take a picture with them.

I just really loved the effect of the mist… nice right? you can check my youtube channel for the video Click Here

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Kyoto, Japan

Yesterday, we went to Kyoto area to tour my mother-in-law and sister-in-law its a bad day as too much people because its holiday (Golden Week of Japan) and also we only ride train and bus. Not convenient at all if its holiday and also together with my 2mos old baby girl *sigh*


First long trip of my angel. Somewhat happy and enjoyed. She just sleeping the whole day trip. She will wake up when she’s hungry. Good girl, even in the crowded train and bus she’s sleeping if she wake just few minutes then sleep again. Swam of people in the tourist site she just sleeping.

This will be memorable place and day for my 2mos. old angel girl.



We avail the one day bus ticket for the entire day. But, we only visit the two tourist spot as so many people/tourist.(Golden Pavilion and Yasaka Temple) And also, my mother-in-law easily get tired. I get worried to my angel because she don’t have vaccine yet. Better be safe or never. So, we go home early.


Sushi for lunch and Pasta for dinner.
And, my all time favorite softy ice (vanilla-macha flavor) see below pictures.