Memories of O-bon Past
Hawaii / japan

Memories of O-bon Past

In Japan, and other places where Japanese culture is strong, this is the time of the O-bon festival — the honouring of the spirits of dead ancestors. At this time it is common for Japanese families travel to relatives’ graves, or to set up household altars so that their spirits may visit them instead. O-bon … Continue reading

Byodo-in Temple, O’ahu
Hawaii

Byodo-in Temple, O’ahu

One of the things I loved most about living on O’ahu was the little bits of Japan sprinkled across the island. From the Japanese grocery stores, to O-Bon festivals, mochi balls mixed into shave ice cups and the bilingual signs around Waikiki. The Byodo-in Temple is an exact replica of a 900-year-old temple in Japan … Continue reading

Doris Duke’s Shangri-la
Hawaii

Doris Duke’s Shangri-la

Billionaire philanthropist Doris Duke’s former home, called “Shangri-La,” opened up its Damascus Room to visitors this month. This room had been off limits for visitors for the duration of its several year-long renovation . As such, I never had the opportunity to see it when I visited a couple of years back. The Damascus Room … Continue reading