Decided to stay here for one more night because the vibes here are great!!! It is just fun to stay up in the mountain! Woke up at 5.30am to rush to the temple for morning ceromony. It was a rainy morning and Mat was lead singer for the mass meditation.
I really like meditating in the morning. And i guess I shall work on my my preserverance for daily practice.
I’m also starting to recognise the different statues of buddhas that we are bowing to. Not sure if i wrote it yesterday, but the bowing acts as a reminder to activate the value that the principle represents.
Also, i got invited to a little meeting with the head monks and we were offered green tea and rice crakcers with hershey’s kisses at about 7.30am
We then have morning coffee at the local cafe. Apparently, the best coffee in town. Oh my god, i really like his daily routine. So chill. We got my red bean buns from the local family part and chilled while he answered all my questions about the paying respects and offering tea to the last statue, Kukai.
I now have a better understanding of the whole picture than yesterday?. So the myth was that the founding father of Shingon Buddhism in Japan had a vision to bring this religion back to Japan. He threw the flying three pronged tool in the direction of japan and he later found it in the pine tree located infront of the temple. The people who led him there later then become the local deities and they each have their own temple.
Then, we had coffee again. Damn good, love it.
Then Mat suggested i check out the nearby Reihokan museum on my own which helped with my understanding of Shingon buddhism once again. Mainly to examine the statues, mostly from Kongobujin temple.
Then we went to the Okonoin Cemetry which was a pretty nice walk from home to the start of the cemetry, marked by the first bridge – ichinohashi. Oh ya i also learnt that you have to bow before you enter any place, and bow again when you leave. If bothered and unsure, just bow whenever you think it is right. The rainy weather makes it kinda apt for the ambience as they say it is better to visit it at night. I guess 6pm is a pretty good time, so you get to see it in both colours.
Shall skip the details in case i get it wrong.
Ok not sure when we cannot take photos…. So maybe i have to keep this post private. Ok shall move on.
Now on to dinner, yes we were starving and all the izakayas are full. So sad, i was really excited to be back there. But blessing in disguise because this is the best sushi experience ever.
Natomaki is pretty interesting and better than i expected. I kinda like how is always orders special things that i have never tried before. LOVE IT
But i really felt like eating tamogoyaki and hello this is damn awesome???i need to learn how to make this. Probably as good as omurice, somehow. Eggs moght just be eggs… Eggs are probably the one thing i can live with for a very ling time.
Just decided the food is so good i need to doccument it all.