Mount Inari
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Kyoto, Japan – Mount Inari’s Torii Gates

Thousands of orange gates led us up the mountain. Most showed their age, some glistened with new paint, fewer still had wet cement in their foundations. Our jetlagged wakeup aided our early arrival to Mount Inari, and although several others were with us at the beginning of the walk, our isolation increased with the altitude. An...

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Tenryuji Temple
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Kyoto, Japan – Tenryuji Temple and Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

Running water joined the cicadas’ constant call as we walked past the centuries-old pavilion. Ornate tapestries hung inside while a serene pond beckoned us to sit, relax, and think. Lichen covered several boulders along the surrounding slope, and some of the trees’ leaves had begun to change color. The same scene would have been...

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Kyoto, Japan – The Gion Festival

So, so tired. I tried to keep my eyes open as the green hills passed by in a blur. They were turning blue as the daylight faded and knowing darkness was settling in made staying awake even harder. The train rocked to one side and my head jerked up. I was failing at wakefulness; my head fell back against the seat. More rocking, m...

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