Do Japanese believe in feng shui?

Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji 富士山

Good Water

Osaka 大阪

Osaka City

Osaka City is surrounded by beautiful hills and water.


Asakusa Senso Ji Temple


Asakusa Senso Ji Temple

Kyoto Kiyomizu Temple-02

Kyoto Kiyomizu Temple 京都清水寺

Kyoto Kiyomizu Temple-01

Kyoto Kiyomizu Temple 京都清水寺

Kyoto Kiyomizu Temple-03

Kyoto Kiyomizu Temple 京都清水寺


Kyoto Kinkakuji Temple


Kyoto Kinkakuji Temple

Todaiji Temple-01

Todaiji Temple, Nara 奈良东大寺

Todaiji Temple-02

Todaiji Temple, Nara 奈良东大寺

Some Japanese do believe in feng shui.

It was a great pleasure to travel around Japan this winter and experienced for myself the feng shui of Japan. Japan is at the Far East of the Earth and is the first country to see the Sun when the Sun rises, hence Sun is the auspicious symbol to the Japanese. You can find that the symbol of the Sun is at the national flat of the Japanese. In Later Heaven Bagua, East is plant and Sun, the grand fire. The plant produces and makes the fire of Sun stronger.

Mount Fuji (富士山 Fujisan) is the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776.24 m (12,389 ft) is the 太极山 of Japan which forms 廉贞星 hill shape. 廉贞星 is with sharp tip and triangle shape. The shape is like fire and hence it is like an arrogant, strong and aggressive man. This makes the Japanese men always like to act arrogant, strong and aggressive. In the history of Japan, warrior, army, ninja and samurai make an important role in the development of the country.

山管人丁水管财,山灵人杰,山有灵气就会出现豪杰,古人曰:”山不在高,有仙則名; 水不在深,有龍則靈” , 有好水就会有财气. In feng shui, mountain governs the people and water governs the wealth. In Japan, it is apparent that the hills and mountains are beautiful and the water is clear. It is a country surrounded by beautiful hills and water. A clear example is the Osaka City. It is surrounded by beautiful hills and water. The hills produce talented people and water produces great wealth for Japan.

Also, you will notice the influences of Chinese feng shui belief in the buildings structural in Japan. Many old temples and castles were build according to this concept whereby in the ‘Before Heaven Bagua”, South is Sky or Heaven, hence facing the South is considered a very auspicious direction. One of the good examples is the Forbidden City in Beijing is facing the South. Of all the temples and castles that I visited in Japan are all facing the South. They all try to follow the left green dragon, right white tiger, front red phoenix and back black turtle as their building landscape characteristics.

Confucius said 面南而治天下 face the South to rule the World. Of course, in term of geography studies, it is always good to face the South as the cool wind during winter from the North will not flow into the house directly if a house is facing the South.

Nara (奈良市 Nara-shi) is the capital city of Nara Prefecture located in the Kansai region of Japan. The city occupies the northern part of Nara Prefecture, directly bordering Kyoto Prefecture. Eight temples, shrines and ruins in Nara, specifically Tōdai-ji.

In ancient times, before the eighth century, the then capital of Japan, Kyoto, were temporary settlements that were transferred to the death of their emperor. By accessing Buddhism to Japan from China. Kyoto, which was founded in the likeness of the Chinese ancient capital of Ch’angan .

1) The mountains are located the north, “like the seized head of the turtle-serpent, with undulations of the dragoon and bows of the tiger coming from the east and the west”. These mountains define a natural barrier and a space dominion that they protect.

2) A body of water exists to the south, and the slope develops smoothly towards that direction.

3) This configuration establishes a clear directionality according to the cardinal points and clearly is related to the solar movements, the resulting effects of light and the wind direction.

From the book shop in Osaka Japan is proven again that some Japanese do believe in feng shui and bazi reading. I quickly went through the books and found that the basic theory like I-ching , Bagua, 5 elements, heaven stem, earth root etc are the same even though I don’t understand Japanese.


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