Japan is a country full of contrasts, where tradition and future meets. And when you visit traditional places you feel like you had just trave in time to the past.
The charm of traditional Japan goes beyond traditions and beliefs, as you can also find it in its magnificient architecture, arts and craftsmanship.
One of the best places to enjoy traditional architecture in Japan are Buddhist temples. The Buddishm arrived to Japan in the 6th century through China and Korea.
Japanese Buddhist temples are very unique and their architecture is stunning.
One of the most interesting things to me in Japanese Buddhism is dragons. In Japanese culture dragons bring good luck and symbolize strength and enlightenment.
There are two specific dragons that you can find in some temples and shrines: The ascending and the descending dragons. The ascending is called "Nobori ryu" and the descending "Kudari ryu". "Ryu" is Japanese word for dragon.
The ascending dragon represents the ascent to spiritual enlightenment and wisdom. It is often depicted rising up into the sky or flying above the clouds. It is associated with the element of air and is believed to bring good fortune and success.
The descending dragon represents the descent from heaven to earth to help those in need. It represents compassion, kindness and protection. It is also associated with the element of water and is believed to bring healing and purification.
They are highly respected and revered for their power and benevolence.
We hope you enjoy findind dragons when you visit the traditional Japan!