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Just an Ordinary January in Paradise
Jan11

Just an Ordinary January in Paradise

January, 2010, began with a whirlwind of activities. A few days after joining tens of thousands of people celebrating New Years Day at various Buddhist temples and Shinto Shrines, I began touring with a group of architects and artists. We visited all three Imperial villas in town: Katsura, Shugaku-in and Sento Gosho. We interviewed several Buddhist priests and drove out to see both I,M.Pei's Miho Museum and the stunning Sagawa...

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Yasui Yuji-san: A man of conviction and passion

There are places of beauty that touch me, but the garden at out-of-the-way Rengeji Temple in northeastern Kyoto is one of my favorites. The shady courtyard entry was planted in wildflowers by resident priest Yasui Yuji-san, a passionate environmentalist. By impeccably maintaining the 400-year old Tendai Buddhist site, he provides us with a richly contemplative atmosphere. Rengeji a very special place for those who find their way to...

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A Four Matcha Afternoon
Jan28

A Four Matcha Afternoon

My hands are arguing with my mind as I type this, because I can't type fast enough—too many experiences in too short a time. At 3:00pm, I arrived at Daitoku-ji Monastery for a monthly tea event.  I chatted with the kimono-clad volunteer registration person, a young professional scroll mounter.  He invited me to see his workshop. We event participants then entered the tearoom.  Like other tea events regularly held at temples...

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