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Air Macau in-flight Magazine features Kumano

"Iron Monks" by Julie Ihle
Air Macau in-flight magazine
June 2011


Kumano's spiritual Yamabushi mountain ascetic culture featured in Air Macau's in-flight magazine.




-Beginning of article-
The Kii Mountains, accessible in under three hours by express train from Osaka, are the spiritual home to a band of Buddhist monks know as the Yamabushi.  These fleet-footed mystics may blend into society, but they escape regularly into the mountains to perform incredible feats of endurance - all in the name of enlightenment.  Their stomping ground is in Wakayama province in the south of Japan's main island, Honshu.  This rugged region, bisected by the Kumano River, is rife with natural wonders and ancient Shinto and Buddhist shrines.  Known as the "The Land of the Gods" to the Japanese, it tends to be overlooked by tourists, but has been home to the Yamabushi for ages.


NOTE: Julie Ihle was a member of a press trip in September 2009 supported by the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau.

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