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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[ USA ]

The Big Island, Hawaii – Homecoming and Lava Flows

Foreword (by Kathryn)
Mauruuru becomes Mahalo. Tahitian to Hawaiian. One magic archipelago to another. We are sitting on a plane headed almost due North from Tahiti to Hawaii. English is spoken around us, American English. We understand every single word, we can even eavesdrop if we want. I am wearing a lei made almost complete...

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