Monthly Archives: May 2017

Heading south into the land of the gods

After talking a lot about dead people yesterday, I am now looking forward to spending some time with a few tomorrow. I am off to Koya-san, a sprawling Buddhist monastery complex high in the hills south of Osaka and home … Continue reading

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The healing hot springs of Shimo-Suwa

During these two days off, I have found it hard to meet people in Matsumoto.  The easy option would be to go into a bar. But if I go into a bar, I know I will find it very difficult … Continue reading

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The Heart Sutra or the Romance of the 3 Kingdoms

I am in the mountains of Nagano on a break between trips. My day has been spent ploughing through a few books: a manga on Sangokushi (the Romance of the Three Kingdoms – highly recommended by a friend in Tokyo), … Continue reading

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