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August 29th, 2007

05:16 pm

For a more thorough report of the Koyasan trip, go see rachelmanija's post here.

Short version: long trip to get there involving several changes of train, including one three-minute connection and one trip by 'cablecar' (funicular railway) up the side of an almost-vertical mountain.

The monk that checked us in at the temple was dressed in sweatpants and a T-shirt, and chattered away in Japanese to Rachel, who understood some of it. There was confusion over her name - it took a while to convince him she was Rachel and not someone named Katherine - and over our dinner reservations, and as we arrived late we ate a cold meal - which was still most excellent - by ourselves instead of with everyone else. Which actually made it that much mroe awesome.

Our room was great and the view into the gardens from the room was too. Photos to arrive in a couple of weeks after I get home. The temple was backe dup to an almost-vertical mountain coveredn in brilliant green trees.

The manga about Buddha's life in the room starred Doraemon. This seemed somehow significant.

Breakfast was great, too, although the abbot chided us for sleeping through services that morning. :) We poked around the old graveyard at Koyasan and Rachel was eaten alive by mosquitos, none of which bit me even though we weere surrounded by a cloud of them. I got chased by bees a lot, though.

Lots of cool photos taken, including one of the rocketship gravestone. Will be posted, as usual, later.

That night was pickings from a conbini as we couldn:t find the one restaurant the monk assured us was there.

Long trip back to Tokyo, found Internet cafe, now about to croak from the smoke inside. Tomorrow Akihabara, finally. :)

In Tokyo everyone's on cellphones. In Koyasan, the only people we saw on cellphones were monks.

There's a joke Anthony Bourdain referred to on 'No Reservations' that says if people from Kyoto, Tokyo, and Osaka won the lottery, the Kyoto and Tokyo people wuld spend it all on shoes and clothes and the Osaka people would spend it all on food. We connected trhough Osaka and rode the subway thourgh the city from one station to the other and Osakans are defintiely less fashion-forward than Tokyoites, and they all seemed to be slightly more well-fed, too. :)

08:24 pm

rachelmanija just posted an account of our meals in Koyasan, in addition to her previous Koyasan report.

And comment! We feel lonely and unloved! :P
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