Hunting for Beijing’s History through Ancient Trees “古木に北京の歴史を尋ねる”

Posted on: March 12th, 2014

I gave two speeches in February concerning Beijing’s history. Using examples of some of the more interesting old trees I explained how they helped in our understanding of a site’s past. The trees often are the best clues to find the remains of sacred places and their stories transcend the ages. February 15 at the […]

Virginia Anami featured Asahi News “Person” Column

Posted on: February 2nd, 2014

I just had a bit of fame in Japan on Saturday (Nov. 16th). I was the topic of the prestigious “Person” column on p.2 in the nation-wide newspaper Asahi Shinbun . They featured my research on Japanese monk Ennin and continual planting of trees for what I have named the Ennin Green Road in China […]

Looking Afar for Qidan Frontier Outposts

Posted on: January 13th, 2014

The Qidan’s northeastern reach of direct control extended as far as the northwest region of today’s Jilin Province where it met with the lands of their supposed vassals, the wild Jurchens. I was curious about what remains in that region to connect it with the past and wanted to see in person (2012.6) those places […]

Kishibojin Statue Carved by Ennin

Posted on: January 11th, 2014

The temple of Jooshooji 常照寺, nestled in the foothills of northern Kyoto, is well known for the tomb of a famous lady entertainer from the early 17thc. People gather in early April when the cherry trees are in bloom to remember her with a tea ceremony. The temple’s brochure, however, doesn’t write about another even […]

“Buddhist Culture of Liao Nanjing” (today’s Beijing), article published

Posted on: January 12th, 2013

My article “Buddhist Culture of Liao Nanjing” was published in Japanese on January 10, 2013. 阿南・ヴァージニア・史代 「遼南京の仏教文化雑記」、『契丹〔遼〕と10~12世紀の東部ユーラシア』, pp.146~154, (アシア遊学160)(勉誠出版、二〇一三年。一月十日)。ISBN 978-4-585-22626-0 “Buddhist Culture of Liao Nanjing”, in Qidan(Liao) and Eastern Eurasia of the 10th ~12th c., Bensei Publishing Co. (Asia Yugaku Series 160), pp.146-154. ISBN 978-4-585-22626-0 Also: Photos by Virginia Anami on outer cover, inner cover, […]

Jiji Press 時事ネット 週刊 e-World : Sancha Foster Family Village: A Special Place in China

Posted on: December 11th, 2012

Sancha Village: A Special Place in China My jeep bounced along some thirty minutes outside of Datong, Shanxi, once a bleak town enveloped in coal dust, but now a modern city tourist destination with its magnificent Buddhist Yungang caves and even an interstate connecting it with Beijing. However, close by are pockets of living in […]

Virginia Anami and Ye Xue Joint Exhibition, Beijing, April, 2012

Posted on: December 6th, 2012

Following the Footsteps of Japanese Monk Ennin’s Travels in Tang China Old friends Ginny and Ye Xue held a joint exhibition at Ye Xue’s Studio in Xiaopucun Village. Over the years Ye Xue joined Ginny on many of her travels along Ennin’s paths as well as having helped at many of Ginny’s photos exhibitions. His […]

“Ennin’s Travels” Photo Exhibit at Yunjusi Temple “穿越千年,回眸云居” ——追寻圆仁法师求法巡礼足迹摄影展

Posted on: November 26th, 2012

The story of Japanese monk Ennin’s travels in 9th c. Tang China as told by my photos of his route, were put on display for five months (June to November, 2012) at the famous temple of Yunjusi located in the hills southwest from the center of Beijing. Ennin himself didn’t come here, he actually passed […]

Qidan Camps and Sacred Sites, 2011.6 Research Trip

Posted on: November 14th, 2012

One of the many sites for the Qidan tribesmen’s summer camps was a place north of today’s Zhangjiakou in Hebei Province (northwest from Beijing). It is now known as Angulinao Lake area and is geared for tourists with yurts and horses. To check out this ancient camping ground, I encouraged my friends Sun Xiaoyan and […]

Liao and Jin Sites Re-Photography I: 2012

Posted on: November 11th, 2012

For five days in May, 2012, Mrs. Setsuko Ikeuchi, Li Xueqing and I searched out sites in Liaoning Province where Ikeuchi-san’s father, Mr. Takuichi Takeshima, a scholar of Liao architecture had photographed places in the 1930s. We took many of his black and white photos of 1932, 1933 and 1935 and compared them with what […]