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Henro Afterward: Mount Koya Oct. 15

There is an old saying that upon entering the sea of Buddhist truth, even the smallest fish is instantly transformed into a great dragon. Monastic disciples upon entering the Dragon Gate at Eiheiji, one of the two Soto Zen headquarters in Japan, are transformed into dragons, and when he finishes training and re-enters the world, he goes back to being a fish. – Kaoru Nonomura (Eat Sleep Sit p. 27) It’s October 15, and I’ve left the swimming world of fish for a day to wrap up my Shikoku pilgrimage at Koya-san (Mount Koya), the headquarters of the Shingon sect of…

Yamaguchi Cafes: A Coffee List and Map

Hi there! This post has two parts. The first is a map of just Shimonoseki City’s cafes. The second part features cafes I’ve visited in different cities in Yamaguchi Prefecture. Part 1: Shimonoseki City Map This is a map of independent cafes in Shimonoseki City in Yamaguchi Prefecture. It is based off of the Shimonoseki Saten Map (Japanese), which is available online. Shimonoseki is worth stopping over if you are on your way to Fukuoka using a JR Pass. There is the Karato Fish Market for fresh value sushi and pufferfish (fugu), the local specialty. It is open daily until 3pm. It is…