This will be published as I am in flight back to the States. Japan Standard Time is 13 hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time. One of the oddities of traveling from Japan to the East coast of the States is that I’m leaving Japan at 4 PM on June 14 and arriving in Washington . . . → Read More: Reflections on Leaving Japan: Part 2
Living in a 300 year old building in an 820 year old temple is like being in a time warp. Driving from Chiba New Town Chuo train station to the Matsuzaki village and Tamonin Temple is like traveling back 60 or more years in 15 minutes. The taxi ride cost about $20, pretty inexpensive . . . → Read More: Japan 9 – Living in a 300 year old building.
Living at Tamonin Temple reminds me of the ambivalent attitudes that the Japanese have toward their local Buddhist temple and Shinto shrines. To the Japanese Buddhism is not so much a religion as part of their culture and a worldview that informs their daily life. Japan being a postmodern society, people also . . . → Read More: Japan 2nd