Koyasan 2016 – Part Three

We spent one evening at Jimyo-in.  I stayed there last time I visited Koyasan and wanted to share the experience with Tim.  The temple hadn’t changed – still immaculate with beautiful furnishings and peaceful views from each room.

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Dinner was served promptly at 6pm by a monk who was balancing several trays of delicious food to feast upon.  The highlight was probably the tempura!  There were a few things we didn’t enjoy, and when the monk came back I practiced my Japanese and pointed out which things weren’t to our taste.  He thought it was funny, Tim nearly died of shame.

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Post dinner, another monk came to our room and laid out the futons.  I immediately climbed into bed with the intention of looking at photos but found myself drifting off in no time.

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We awoke early the next morning to attend prayer.  I had primed Tim for a really serious spiritual experience – like nothing he had ever seen before.  Well…

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I was laughing and shuddering and shaking in my seat so hard that Tim alternated between shushing me / joining me in quiet laughter for a good while.  We returned to our room for breakfast, and then made our way to Nara.

Jimyo-in breakfast

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