Tag Archives: Heian-kyo (Kyoto)

A couple of days ago I had a great conversation with JJ from Southern Demonology podcast. We started with the mystic origins of Kyoto, monkey temples, Abe no Seimei and moved to Himeji – the…

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We all love something cooling during the summer heat. And what can be more refreshing than a spooky story that makes you shiver.

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Today I want to tell you about a man of humble origin who became a renowned scholar and poet, kept the imperial court in fear long after his death, turned into a wrathful spirit, a deity and a bodhisattva (all at once), got thousands of shrines dedicated to him all around the country and is respected by Zen monks, praised by Confucian scholars and loved by high-schoolers. He got it all. He is Sugawara no Michizane, and let me explain his life to you.

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