History, Temples & Shrines, Tokyo

Senkakuji

Senkakuji is a small Sōtō Zen Buddhist temple in Minato-ku district in Tokyo not far from Shinagawa station.  It is famous for the graves of the 47 Ronin one of Japan’s most well-known stories and the most famous story of the Samurai code of “Bushido” – courage, loyalty and honor. The story of the 47 ronin began with an attack…

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Japanese food

Fugu

Fugu is the Japanese puffer fish and dishes made from it. Fugu preparation in Japan is highly controlled because Fugu is poisonous if not prepared correctly. Fugu contains tetrodotoxin a very toxic poison, in its organs, especially the liver, the ovaries, and the eyes.  After eating Fugu that is not correctly prepared the toxin paralyzes muscles, while leaving the victim conscious, but unable to move and ultimately…

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