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I just love the Japanese rail system.... in fact I love a lot of things about Japan! Comfortable, clean and on time, we arrived at Shirahama Station to find our names printed on a sign held by a woman we had never met. By the end of the week (actually by the end of the day) we were good friends.
Months ago, as Shane and I were planning this trip, I did some research on Wakayama Prefecture and the sacred trail known as the Kumano Kodo. For over ...
... maguro, sea bream, squid and even sole (which we have never had as sashimi before but was really sweet and tender.
As usual, we had the multiple small covered plates of special delicacies that we would could ourselves, or open to our surprise as we went through our dinner presentation. Keely happened to lift the top off of an 8” long light green bowl and screamed, “It’s alive!”, which got everyone’s attention. Sure enough, ...
... hiking destination for the day. Standing on the side of the hill, looking back over the shrine and the huge Tori gate, surrounded by over 50 cherry trees in full pink and white splendor made for a truly spectacular morning experience. Our driver told us this was his favorite place to take his girlfriend during the spring! We spent a long time here just taking in all of the beauty, before heading off to the trailhead to start today’s hike.
The futon beds in the monastery were very comfortable last night and we slept great! One of the monks came to get us at 6:50am to escort us to the morning service in their temple. The service itself was reminiscent of the services we witnessed at several buddhist temples in Nepal, with the bells, cymbals and chanting, but in a much more refined and luxurious setting. It was very peaceful and relaxing, and the chanting is very conducive to meditation. ...
... our nights accommodation in record time. When we got there we set about substantially increasing their electric bill by using every heater we could find to dry our clothes. I particularly enjoyed the complimentary Kimono.
The gods looked favorably on us the next day and rewarded us with sunshine. All the evaporating water formed a lovely morning mist in the valleys, a sight which was almost spiritual. Buoyed by this we made good progress ...
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