Koyasan in the morning
Waking up late, I’ve missed the morning prayers with the monks (shame!) and simply joined everyone at breakfast. I got ready quickly and went out to see the cemetery and temple, for the third time now.
[The streets of Koyasan]
Do you remember the dark, scary, forest from my previous post? Well, apparently someone replaced it with a green, lively forest of dancing mists and shadows. I could hardly believe my eyes as I passed the same spots I’ve been to twice before and literally seen them in a new light.
As I got to the end of the cemetery near the bridge that led to the temple grounds, I snapped some photos of the other side where the Japanese autumn colors were on full display:
A quick stop in Osaka castle
It was time to head back to Tokyo, but I insisted on cramming a short visit to Osaka park and castle. Here are a few photos I snapped while dragging around the entirety of my luggage:
Taking the Shinkansen back to Tokyo, I indulged myself with a relatively expensive Bento box. The cake, bought in a small baked goods store in the train station, was one of the best I’ve ever tasted; It is almost impossible to overstate just how meticulously the Japanese approach their personal art. In Japan, sometimes eating cake makes you think of perfection.
Parting words and a goodbye selfie
I am out of photographs to share, but not yet out of words.
Astute readers have probably noticed a few days missing from this 15-day journey. That is indeed the case and it’s on purpose; Not all stories were made to be shared on the internet, though hints for missing pieces were dropped throughout 😉
This sequence took almost an entire year to write. Since returning from Japan, I’ve had a crazy year – both personally and professionally; A few times things got so hectic that I didn’t post for months. I’ve been on two more trips: a week in London in December and another one in Croatia and Slovenia in May, yet they did not merit more than an ordinary photo album. Always – when I had time, I would come back to visit these memories of Japan.
I set out to write the sequence with specific goals in mind:
- Enhance and keep the memories from the trip. Memories are a happiness multiplier (a topic for another time).
- Share my stories and pictures. Written stories never fade and you only have to get them right once.
- Flex my writing muscles, establish and learn from a constant presence on the web via a long-term project.
It is with great pride and satisfaction that I mark each of these goals as “done”. The time investment and mental efforts were certainly worth it; These posts will last forever, and the feedback I’ve received has been invaluable.
Oh! I might even be visiting Japan again this year, on a business trip. Don’t expect to be writing posts about it, though.
As a goodbye selfie, here I am in an iconic Lady in Red moment on the train back to Narita airport.
Japan day 10: Koyasan, evening
Japan day 11: Koyasan in the morning, Osaka castle, final words [You are here]