There is just something about seeing depictions of those beautiful, wooden buildings of feudal Japan that makes my heart swell.
Those stunning archways leading up to temples have always taken my breath away.
The sound of a shamisen gracefully being played always fills my heart with such joy.
If you’re like me and find yourself in love with animes based in feudal Japan, I’d like to name a few you should check out.
The one anime that you’re hard pressed to find a person not knowing is Inuyasha.
Inuyasha is about a young high school student named Kagome Higurashi. One day Kagome falls into a well in her family’s shrine and finds herself transported back in time.
Kagome unknowingly holds a very power item called the Shikon jewel within her body.
When a powerful demon tries to take it from her, she unintentionally shatters the jewel.
During the anime, Kagome and a band of unlikely allies try to gather all the shards of the Shikon jewel before an evil demon named Naraku can.
Inuyasha has always been my all-time favorite anime and the one that really got me into watching anime.
It will always hold a special place in my heart.
2. Kamisama Kiss
My next anime goes by the name Kamisama Kiss.
In this anime, Nanami is left homeless after she’s kicked out of her apartment by debt collectors (because of her absent fathers gambling problem).
While trying to figure out what to do next see meets a man named Mikage.
Mikage offers Nanami his home to stay in and places a kiss upon her head.
Having nowhere else to go, Nanami accepts the offer and travels to Mikage’s home only to find that it is an old shrine.
After arriving she’s greeted by Onikiri and Kotetsu, keepers of the shrine, and Tomoe, a fox yokai.
Nanami learns that Mikage was the God of the Shrine but when he kissed her forehead he passed that title onto her.
Nanami later accepts her new role and works hard to take over and be a great God for the shrine.
The final anime I would like to talk about is Kakuriyo: Bed and Breakfast for Spirits.
Our main character is Aoi Tsubaki who has the gift of seeing Ayakashi (demons), which she inherited from her grandfather.
Soon after Aoi’s grandfathers passing she meets an Ayakashi Ogre named Odanna, who is master of Tenshinya Inn.
He takes her to the hidden realm where Ayakashi live, wanting Aoi to be his bride.
Aoi finds out that her grandfather ran up a huge debt with the Ogre and left her as collateral.
Aoi refuses to be the Orges bride and says she will work at the Inn to pay off the debt her grandfather left. After finding an abandoned building on the property Aoi opens a restaurant and begins her journey of paying back Odanna.
These three animes are my favorites that feature the beauty of Feudal Japan.
I hope you will enjoy them just as much as I have. 🙂