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... of exams and have to do an English speaking oral that I am helping out with, but at the end of this week I am catching up with a good friend who is visiting from Australia!
In Japan, it is not banned to smoke in some restaurants/public places but you will often see "smoking rooms" where the people have to go into to smoke.
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... this has been going on and the amount of erosion and natural shifting of the earth in this area of steep unstable mountains and bubbling natural hot springs.... it wouldn't be hard to imagine that different generations chose different paths. The interesting thing is that a number of religions consider this area sacred. It is one of only two religious walks (the other being the El Camino trail in Spain) recognized by World Heritage. In our ...
... had soba and grilled river trout and was treated to cookies by the super nice staff while I waited for the bus back to Oboke. Then There was a boat ride and a mega walk up a hill with creepy ghost statues, chatty oba sans that gave me candy and I even saw a tanuki! Then onsen at the hotel and back for a giant vegan dinner. Now that I am just getting my bearings and remembering more Japanese it is time to go. ...
... a spiritual discipline that is somewhat forgotten. We have both committed to encourage each other to set aside more time for meditation in our weekly schedules, so it will be fun to look back on our year in December and see how we did on this objective. Certainly a nice side benefit of our trip here, to be encouraged to deepen our own spiritual commitments. Allowing oneself time to commune with Jesus is what our faith is all about. In our busyness, ...
... the grand shrine with a growing sense of excitement. Just after lunch we crossed a mountain pass and the worlds largest Torii gate popped into view (thankfully not David Cameron's house but the entrance to the temple complex), enlightenment was now only a short walk away! We hurried down the hill, genuinely looking forward to seeing the greatest shrine in the land. I can only imagine this was a similar thrill to that Indiana Jones experienced on finding ...