Welcome dear readers. This is the first article, that I write on the day it all happened. Right now we’re watching the Japanese Academy Awards and that’s little bit difficult to follow. So I’ll tell you what I did today now.
Nozomi had to work today again, so I was on my own. My plan for the day was to walk to the mountains east of Okayama, to have a view over the city. Unfortunately, all of the tourist maps don’t cover that area anymore, so I had to navigate a little bit blind. At least mountains tend to be high, so one can see them from most places
Like yesterday, I took a way beside the main roads to see more from Okayama. I could start a photo album here, but you’ll have to be ok with two pictures. The first one is a shrine, surrounded from higher modern buildings on a narrow road, which might be considered typical for the japanese co-existence of traditional and modern ways. The second one is a parking tower and caught my eye because of the form, size and name. You might also try the katakana-table from the 4th of March here
This is where I wanted to go:
While searching for a way to get up there, I actually ended up in front of the Shorinji-temple, after passing a japanese graveyard and wandering between on lot of narrow and winding roads. An elderly japanese women asked me if I wanted to enter the temple and I said that I’d like to do so really much. So she showed me around and when we reached the garden of the temple she brought me a cushion, tea and some sweets. A monk appeared too, who was her sun and we sat there for a while and chatted on Japanese. Where I’m from, what I’m doing in Japan and more. It was really nice
I was also offered a ride and tour to the not so far away Sogenji-temple. Of course I agreed to this nice gesture and Gen (the monk) and I went there. He explained me everything in full detail and I learned details, that I would have never learned if I had gone there on my own. This temple watches over te graves of the daimyo of Okayama and a worldwide reknown zen-master resides here. Therefor I saw a lot of international monks at this place. Just some pictures from the temple now:
Afterwards, Gen even droven me back to the city, to eat some cake and drink coffee with me. I was invited to visit them again before I fly back to Germany and I’ll definitely try to do so. Maybe next week’s weekend will be a good time to do this. In the end, I never reached the mountain that I wanted to climb. But I think, that this was a more than good alternative. It also was the first time for me, to talk a lot in Japanese. I might not have spoken professional Japanese at all, but I was able to understand and I was understood, which feels great
Let’s see what the weekend will bring!