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Rooftop Temples: It’s Just Different Here

Rooftop Temples: It’s Just Differe...

Looking out the window of a speeding train, it’s easy to spot lots of small temples tucked away in backyards, small forests, at the top of mountains and hidden in city streets.  But this was a first as we pulled into the station in Asa, in Yamaguchi prefecture, perched on about the 14th floor roof of a modern office building:
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Off the Map

Off the Map

We usually use those small local tourist maps when getting around in new towns and cities in Japan, and they’re usually handy.  But on a trip to Koya-san we ran into an unusual problem… the city is small and the map seemed pretty good, but it turns out that with one wrong turn or misread of a path, you are quickly off the map.  And because of the scale, we didn’t realize it for quite some time.   But getting off the map can yield some great results – we found ourselves at a wonderful temple that had no visitors and was a sea of calm on a very busy...