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Staying in a monastery part 2

Before the forty minutes of Zazen that was the prelude to bedtime, it was time to take a bath. As the time switched from women to men, my friend kindly pointed me in the right direction. As I entered, a … Continue reading

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Interview with an American monk in Japan.

Gesshin (Claire) Greenwood, is a 28-year-old, Soto Zen Buddhist nun practicing in Japan. After nearly four years living a monastic life in Japan, Greenwood finally decided to study the Japanese language at Nanzan University. Greenwood’s journey has taken her from … Continue reading

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What local flea markets have to offer

Flea markets are the answer to the sometimes high prices in department and grocery stores. They happen all around the Nagoya area at various times in the year and even many on a monthly basis. The ones I have encountered … Continue reading

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Setsubun Matsuri (bean throwing festival)

Setsubun Matsuri (Bean throwing festival) happens on the third of February and celebrates the beginning of spring by getting rid of old evil spirits. The festival has its name because roasted soybeans are purchased or received at a temple and … Continue reading

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