Friday, July 14, 2017

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Last minute deals for Sea Day Weekend (7/15-17) #shiraishiisland #japan

We just found out that Amagiso Ryokan (on the beach) has unadvertised rooms available for the Sea Day holiday weekend (July 15-17). No meals available but a nice, clean place with a lovely hostess, Mrs. Amano. Price is 5,000 yen per person per night.

Book now if you want this last-minute deal: shiraishireservations at yahoo dot com

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Catching a few rays of sun during the Rainy Season #shiraishiisland #japan #setonaikai

Catching a few rays of sunshine while they're out!

It's been a slow start to the beach season this year due to the late arrival of Japan's rainy season. Still though, a family of four who stayed just one night said Shiraishi was one of the highlights of their trip (and they even climbed Mt. Fuji!). Let's hope the weather gets better and that Okayama's famous sun-filled days on the beach return soon.

In the meantime, however, reservations keep coming in and accommodations for July and August are filling up fast. So get your reservations in asap. Check out the array of what's available (from camping to ryokan) at 

See you on the island! Mooooo...

Friday, June 23, 2017

Announcing the Run with Kobo Daishi 10k Trail Race, Oct 29, 2017 on Shiraishi Island, #Japan

This year the Run with Kobo Daishi Trail Race will be on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017. New this year is a family event for children and adults who want to walk a section of the pilgrimage route. 

Come out and help support our 400-year-old pilgrimage. All proceeds go back into helping maintain the pilgrimage route. Help preserve Japan's cultural heritage! 

Sign up today at

For more information on the Shiraishi Pilgrimage, see our Facebook Page

See you on the island!

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

The 2-day Shiraishi Pilgrimage

 For those coming out to the island to do the Shiraishi Pilgrimage, an ancient 10km route with 88 shrines placed along it (mostly through the forest), the Moooo! Bar is now providing Pilgrim hats and staffs along with copies of the map, so guests can get the real "henro" (pilgrim) experience! Pilgrim hut accommodation also available for 2,000 yen per person per night. To do the entire route takes two days.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Hana Matsuri, Shiraishi Island (the bathing Buddha ritual) #japan

Yesterday, I took some of the villa guests up to the island's temple to the Hana Matsuri to celebrate Buddha's birthday. There, we took part in a ritual called "bathing Buddha" in which we poured amacha (sweet tea) over a statue of the Buddha. The amacha symbolizes the sweet rain that is said to have fallen on the day of Buddha's birth over 2,500 years ago.

 This small display was set out in front of the temple. Notice the Buddha statue in the center.

 Pouring sweet tea over the Buddha, bathing him.

After performing the ritual, the Buddhist priest invited us in for green tea and a chat. It was wonderful to see my old friend the priest, again. We had our photos taken with him, including his grandchildren who were visiting from the mainland.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Shiraishi Island on NHK World "J-Trip Plan" program tonight, May 1, 2017

Shiraishi and the Kasaoka Islands will be featured tonight on NHK World's "J-Trip Plan" program! Those in Japan can watch at Monday, May 1 at 23:30 (Japan time). It's on late because it's aligned to the viewing times abroad, however, there are some repeat viewings on May 2 as well. See the link below for more information and viewing times.

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