Monday, April 14, 2008

Osaka to Koya-San

We shopped in the morning, going completely nuts in stored like Big Camera, which is a 10-story building filled with every kind of electronics you could imagine - for insanely cheap prices.

We then caught a train and cable car up in the mountains to Koya-San, a Buddhist community, for out temple stay evening. After we booked into our temple and were shown our traditional-style room, we walked around town. It was a lot colder up in the mountains, but also really beautiful. We checked out the cemetery, which was huge and filled with ancient trees and headstones covered in moss.

For dinner we ate traditional Buddhist vegetarian food (no meat, no seafood, no onion, no garlic) which included lots of tofu and strange things we couldn't identify. It was served with great ceremony by two of the monks, who then returned later to lay out our futons.

The only down-side for me was the lack of private bathrooms. There were shared co-ed toilets and a communal bath. I wasn't adventurous to try this, but Alec did, late at night when there was no-one else around, and he said it was amazing.

1 comment:

TheFragrantElf said...

Wow, that sounds like an incredible day! Especially at Koya-San. The vege dinner sounds very interesting and the bath, eek, would have freaked me too!