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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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Stopping in Seoul

With less than 24 hours in the capital, my aims were limited: first find the hotel,  then find the river. The city-centre hotel was easily found with a little help from a desk at Incheon airport. The business hotel is … Continue reading

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Volcanoes of the Mind

I might have finally worked out how to upload photos to my computer. I am very proud; it reminds of the day I graduated from index finger-only typing. Anyway, I am in Aokigahara, a haunted forest growing on the lava … Continue reading

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Fine line between dreary and delightful

Outside Sakai station is a statue of a 16th century Spanish missionary, Francis Xavier. The pious Jesuit is looking out over a still canal. When he bothers to look up beyond the dead water, he can see a dreary mishmash … Continue reading

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Book Covers

Twice I went in to the airport bookshop and got trapped. The book covers tempt my easily-distracted mind like shiny blackberries in a bush. Today ‘Mountains of the Mind’ and ‘H is for Hawk’ were the juiciest-looking ones. But I … Continue reading

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