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March 11, 2012

Posted on March 11th, 2012 by Mike Roberts

 Today, March 11, 2012, is the one year anniversary of the earthquake which caused the destructive tsunamis in north-eastern Japan, and ultimately caused the problems at the nuclear power plants in Fukushima. We at Samurai Tours want to take this oppurtunity to pass on our prayers and thoughts to those who lost their lives one year ago. And we also wish to pass on a supportive “頑張って” (ganbatte – meaning to persevere) to those who are trying to rebuild their lives, homes and businesses.  Read the full post »

Taishogoto

Posted on October 14th, 2011 by Mike Roberts

Serendipity can be a wonderful thing. In August, I was taking a tour group around the Jinya in Takayama. As we were touring the facility, we kept hearing the sound of stringed instruments coming from somewhere in the Jinya. Finally, we happened upon the group

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in the video. Read the full post »

Six Months After

Posted on September 17th, 2011 by Mike Roberts

September 11th was the 6 month anniversary of the earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan, but that fact was overshadowed outside of Japan by the observance of the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Here in Japan there were numerous special services held at Buddhist temples around Japan as well as numerous silent vigils in honor of those who were killed. Initially, I had decided not to write about this, but after seeing the advertisement displayed here I changed my mind. Read the full post »