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.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Moooo! Bar open for Golden Week (April 29-May 7) #shiraishiisland #japan

 Get away from the crowds and relax on a small island in the Seto Inland Sea. Moooo! Bar opens today for Golden Week (April 29-May 7). Plenty of accommodation available.

See you on Shiraishi Island!

Monday, April 03, 2017

The new Sanyo Kisen ferry terminal to Shiraishi Island #okayama #japan #setonaikai

If you've been to the Kasaoka islands before, you're in for a real shock. The Sanyo Kisen ferry terminal at Kasaoka Port is in a new building! Opened March 18, it's located right next to the old, decrepit concrete building, so it won't be hard to find. Not only does it have decent toilets inside (finally!) it also has heating and air conditioning (whoa!). It no longer looks like you're about to get on a boat to go to some backwater, off the beaten track islands (even though you are). 

The outside of the new terminal. They've named it "minatokobanashi," whatever that means. 

The inside waiting room, facing the sea.

Unfortunately, there is no new terminal building at the car ferry port (Fushigoeko). Dream on...

I also noticed that there are new signs showing the way to the new ferry terminal from Kasaoka Station. These signs will direct you to an overpass/pedestrian bridge that goes over Route 2. If you have luggage and don't want to take the stairs, you can go down to the traffic light and cross at the pedestrian zebra crossing instead.

Updated April 29, 2017

Friday, March 31, 2017

Shiraishi Island Cherry Blossom Party, April 9 #setonaikai #Japan #ohanami

It's April and time to start of the Daily Moooo Blog again to bring you up to date on what's happening on Shiraishi Island. We're looking forward to another great season on the island and we hope you'll come and enjoy it with us.

First and foremost, we have San-chan's Cherry Blossom party on Sunday, April 9th.

 This is always a good time and a great chance to party with the locals under the cherry trees! While we'll all miss Man-chan, who used to dance for us every year, we hope that attendees will still bring their instruments and break out into song, as usual. The price is 3,000 yen for all you can eat and drink! See their FB event page here.

If you miss the party, you can still catch the blossoms and maybe even a night cherry blossom session if you stay overnight on the island.

The weather should be warming up from this Monday, with highs in the low 20's, so be sure to get out to see the cherry blossoms. This is Japan's most special time of the year. And here on Shiraishi Island, you can see the blossoms with the backdrop of the azure Seto Inland Sea...ahhhhh, now THAT'S special!

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