Image of a Japanese temple which shows Japan's Onkochishin philosophy

Fancy Jasper – Experiencing Japan: Onkochishin


Despite being one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world, Japan remains so steeped in cultural heritage, and the concept of onkochisin is central to this. As a nation Japan is so reverent to its history, and this is due to a continued belief that the traditions of their past can help to teach them valuable lessons that can be taken forwards into the future. Learning from the lessons of their ancestry is crucial to growing as people but also as a country.

Visiting a number of shrines and temples across Japan, it was so interesting to see the mixture of the old and the new in these ancient buildings. But rather than being dilapidated and empty, they are filled with people, both young and old, coming to experience their nation’s past.