Gion Matsuri and Weekly Updates

Hi everyone.

It’s been quite some time since the last post, but that doesn’t mean this website hasn’t been worked on. Its design is now what I would call completed for the moment. I’ve added a number of pages, and works are in place for other pages, notably the Gion Festival, or Gion Matsuri, in Kyoto.

The Gion Festival is one of the three big events in Kyoto, and requires a lot of research, and many pictures. It may take one or two more days before this page is completely done. As soon as it’s done, it will be linked on this post below, as well as featured on the front page of this website.

From now on, big changes will be in place. Starting from the month of August, there will be a blogpost explaining the updates made on this website once a week. This weekly update will make it easier for the users to understand how much work there has been done in a certain week, and it will make it simpler to navigate to those new pages.

Another big change will be on social media. No updates have been posted for a long time because this website was still heavily under construction. Fortunately, thanks to the Gion Festival and other activities in Japan, I will post new pictures there every day from now on.

So stay tuned, and be sure to follow DiveIntoJapan!

 

Japanese Holidays Page

Hello everyone!

This website has been updated with a new design, and new pages! I am currently working on finishing the Special Days of Japan first before continuing to do anything else.

There were only two pages made, one for Girl’s Day, the other for White Day. But I’ve updated it and added four new pages which you can find below:

March 20, Vernal Equinox Day
April 29, Showa Day
May 3, Constitution Memorial Day
May 4, Greenery Day

From now on, I will add a few days on the Special Days page every day, until it is complete. Once this is done, I will start working on the Discover section of the website, adding information about every prefecture of Japan.

An informative page the meaning of each prefecture’s flag will also be added. I’m sure vexillologist will be very pleased with that! Finding flags and vexillology very interesting myself, I will try to add as much information about the many flags of Japan, and perhaps create a special section just about Japanese flags later on. This will, of course, depend on the amount of information and pages created about the subject.

Anyway, you can expect to have more updates from now on.

Make sure to follow me on different social medias listed below, and see you later with a new update!

Welcome to DiveIntoJapan!

Hello and welcome to DiveIntoJapan!

This blog / website is a place where you will find tons of information about Japan, from how to prepare for the voyage, to the most sumptuous places to visit. You’re probably thinking to yourself that there already are hundreds -if not thousands!- of blogs and website about traveling to Japan, temples and shrines to visit, gorgeous hiking places, etc…

And YES! You are completely right! But I have yet to find one website or blog has every piece of information possible about Japan. There are thousands of obscure temples and shrines with no information in English, and many with very little information in Japanese even! Surprising, right? Not really. Most sites or blog like to write about popular places, and tend to leave the little known location out.

Think about how many times you have seen information about the dazzling Golden Pavilion of Kyoto, or the breath-taking Mount Fuji. You will literally get millions of search results on Google. But what about the Fujii-dera of Tokushima? The scenic Shogunzuka? Or even the Gioji Temple in Arashiyama? While these places are beautiful, you will find a lot less articles about them.

The first time I came to this realization was when I was doing some translation work on temples and shrines in the Shiga Prefecture. Several had not even a Japanese Wikipedia page, and even very little information on Japanese websites. That’s when I thought it would be great to have a site with information about every temple, shrine, castle, and others in Japan. That is what I will try to achieve.

Of course, that doesn’t mean I will skip the famous places, on the contrary! I want to focus on equally interesting, yet less visited places of Japan. Not only that, but also have sections of information to prepare for the trip, as well as detailed information about anything and everything in Japan. My goal is to have you come to this site, and find what ever you are searching in the first place, without having to go to forums in order to acquire the information you need.

A complete database of everything about Japan is an impossible feat to achieve, but I will do my best so this becomes the largest online database about Japan.

So, stay tuned, and see you tomorrow!