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travel, photography and musings on cemeteries, memorials, and other dark sites

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March 2017

Site 56: Munich’s Nordfriedhof

I woke up to a beautiful, bright sunny day and headed straight for Munich’s northern cemetery, the Nordfriedhof, as the first of three cemeteries I would visit this day (the other two being the Alter Sudfriedhof and the Ostfriedhof). I was excited as I got off the U-Bahn train at, not surprisingly, Continue reading “Site 56: Munich’s Nordfriedhof”

Site 55: Munich’s Bogenhausen

I’m in Munich for a conference at the university, and was unprepared for the almost two hour lunch break they had set aside for us. So I decided to see if there were any cemeteries nearby, and I found one just in the other side of the Englischer Garten. After a quick lunch in the Continue reading “Site 55: Munich’s Bogenhausen”

Site 54: Kyoto’s Jizoyama Cemetery

Not far from the mound of ears is a large temple complex that most tourists to the city give a miss. Chishaku-in is a Buddhist temple that features some nice small gardens, but I have yet to find a single reference to the large cemetery that lies at the very back of the complex. Of course, Continue reading “Site 54: Kyoto’s Jizoyama Cemetery”

Site 53: Kyoto’s Mimizuka (The Ear Mound)

When most people think of Kyoto, they probably imagine old temples and shrines, maiko and geiko walking in the streets of Gion, the soft rustle of bamboo…and…a mound full of severed noses? Welcome to Kyoto folks! You’ve just discovered Kyoto’s Mimizuka, also known as the ear mound. Continue reading “Site 53: Kyoto’s Mimizuka (The Ear Mound)”

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