STAFF INTRODUCTION

Elizabeth Market Researcher

Originally from England, I have spent many years in Japan studying and training in its traditional arts, dance, and religious practices. I since taught these subjects at universities in North America and Japan, and today I use my understanding of them to assist with museum and private collections and cultural consultation. I bring my knowledge and experiences to help visitors to Nara and its surroundings enjoy and appreciate its sophisticated culture on a deeper level.

Nara was once the imperial capital of Japan as well as a terminal point of the Silk Road, making it both a place of international confluence and a major center of domestic power. It has long been an important locus of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, and these birthed philosophies and forms of art that still inform Japanese culture as a whole.

Nara and its environs have a very special beauty that is imbued with the religious values that Japan embraced and developed. This can be found everywhere - not only in its architecture and fine art but also its mountain trails and sacred deer, and its sake production, graphic design, literature, and everyday customs. I am honored to be able to invite fellow travelers to experience this very special place, its history, and its many wonderful secrets.
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Latest Blog

A Brilliant Exploration of Kukai and the Pan-Asian Travels of Esoteric Buddhism at Nara National Museum: KUKAI: The Worlds of Mandalas and the Transcultural Origins of Esoteric Buddhism

Kukai, 9th century founder of esoteric Shingon Buddhism (Shingon Mikkyo) in Japan, was a peripatetic and socially heroic figure who roved far and wide assisting with infrastructure projects, excelling in the divining ...

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Rare Lilies at Isagawa Shinto Shrine’s Lily Festival, & Nearby Nara City Strolls

From June 16th to the 18th, Isagawa Shrine holds its beautiful Lily Festival (Saikusa Matsuri), during which the place is festooned with flowers and celebrated with dances by Miko shrine maidens who carry lilies durin...

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Spellbinding Noh Drama at Kohfukuji Temple and Kasugataisha Shrine in Nara Vol. 2

Please see here for Vol. 1 of this post.   For those who are new to Noh, a few aspects in particular are worth paying particular attention to. This is a drama chanted (often to drums) and it is the blank spaces, ...

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Even Further Off the Beaten Track at Koyasan – Hidden Secrets at Japan’s Buddhist Mountain Monastery

UNESCO World Heritage Site Koyasan is one of Wakayama’s jewels, and has become one of the most frequently visited religious sites by foreign travelers in Japan in recent years. A plain surrounded by mountain peaks sou...

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Spellbinding Noh Drama at Kohfukuji Temple and Kasugataisha Shrine in Nara Vol. 1

This post is in two parts. Please see Vol. 2 here.       Over the course of two days in May, outdoor Noh theatre is performed by four major Noh schools of Japan at Kohfukuji (Kofukuji) Temple and nearby...

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