Day 8

Today we went down about a mile from the hotel to a Buddhist shrine called Zenkoji. This shrine is around 1400 years old, but has been destroyed by fire many times. The current revision of it is around 100 years old. It was very large, with many buildings available for prayer and incense burning. It also houses one of the next largest wooden buildings, next to the one I visited earlier in my trip.

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Along with the temples and shrines, there was a beautiful garden with blooming flowers and trees.

This was one of the nicer temples I’ve been to so far.

After we visited Zenkoji, we took a maze of Shinkansen and regular trains back home, a total of about 8 hours of travel. After being home for about 1 minute (only to change clothes) we got back on a train to Osaka to have dinner with some Japanese friends. I was extremely worn out from the travel by then, but dinner woke me up. It was a new style of eating for everyone, and involved being served many small dished on skewers of various items (eel, pork, beef, squid, octopus, tofu, fois gras). It was delicious and filling.

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This was a long day, and I’m glad to finally be able to sleep. Goodnight,

-Loren