Day 3: Generosity

Fields near Onojima bridge

We set off this morning around 7.30am from Jūraku-ji (十楽寺 – 7) and enjoyed the cool early morning breeze on the way to Kumadani-ji (熊谷寺 – 8). There’s something very liberating about having nothing else to do but walk and follow the signs. Read more

Day 2: The Walk Begins

Pilgrim at Konsenji

After an exceedingly healthy breakfast we hit the road proper at 7am under a crisp blue sky, soon visiting Gokuraku-ji (極楽寺 – 2) and Konsen-ji (金泉寺 – 3) which are just a few kilometres from Ryōzen-ji (霊山寺 – 1). Read more

Day 1: Ryōzen-ji

The First Temple

Day one of my pilgrimage began around 7am with a series of uneventful train rides from Tokyo all the way to the doorstep of temple 1: Ryōzen-ji (霊山寺 – 1) where we arrived around 3pm. Read more

Day 0: Ohenro-san

Packing

ko.yaa.nis.katsi (from the Hopi language), n. 1. crazy life. 2. life in turmoil. 3. life disintegrating. 4. life out of balance. 5. a state of life that calls for another way of living.

Over the past decade I’ve had some sort of major change in my life every two-to-three years. Most of these changes have been location/job related, with the latter usually following the former. Read more

Shibamata Sojourn

Shibamata Taishakuten Temple

Alongside Kawagoe, Asakusa, and Yanaka, Shibamata (柴又) is one very few remaining spots in Tokyo where you can get a glimpse of the city how it once was during the Edo period (1603 – 1868). The area combines a charming old shopping street with a beautiful temple and garden. Read more

Japanese Quick Reference Guide

Nihongo Quick Reference

When I moved to Japan in 2013 I spent the first six months taking intensive Japanese classes at a language school in Tokyo. During that time I got frustrated with the quality of the teaching materials and in particular the explanation of grammar rules which I found over-complicated things for the average student who just wanted to get a hang of the basics. Read more