You think you have trouble remembering names? Just try remembering the names of a few dozen of the 1600 temples that are here in Kyoto! After dozens of years of visits, I'm still often in a state of confusion when it comes to identifying which temples I've visited. It frequently happens that I don't think … Continue reading I’m Sorry, What’s Your Name??
When Danny suggested that we walk to an antique store we like to visit here on the opposite side of town, it seemed like a fine idea. The weather was mild, the mid-November sun warm and inviting. And we both could use the excercise. Taking an A to B walk in Kyoto is hypothetically an … Continue reading Less than Two Miles in 4.5 Hours
A small blurb in a local magazine caught my eye and I thought it would be worth checking out: Autumn Book Fair is held by the Used Book Society of Kyoto which consists of many of Kyoto's used booksellers at Chion-ji Temple in Sakyo-ku, Kyoto city. Throughout the event, the usually quiet temple compound is … Continue reading Serendipity Strikes Again
I awakened in Japan this morning to learn of the terrorist outrage in lower Manhattan. It's not the news any of us want to see wherever we are. We live in times that can easily be called disheartening. I have felt the encroaching darkness for several months for reasons that don't require illumination. Anyone with … Continue reading In Search of Beauty
(This is a recently found account of a tour to a morning service at a Zen temple in Kyoto.) It was still a dark and cold early spring morning when we arrived a bit nervously at the impressive Zen temple in Kyoto. A young monk greeted us pleasantly. His obvious assignment was to instruct us … Continue reading Morning Blessings Received Years Ago, Not Forgotten