Attending Hailstone Haiku Circle's online Kukai in horizontal position at 2 a.m. here from my bed in Florida last Sunday, I enjoyed seeing and hearing via Zoom some dear old friends and new faces from my haiku circle in Japan. The theme of the haiku reading and sharing was endings and beginnings, and founder Stephen Gill … Continue reading Bashō in Osaka, His Final Haiku and New Beginnings
熊野古道 Kumano Kodō: Nachi Taisha Shinto Shrine and 青岸渡寺 Seiganto-ji Buddhist Temple
First stop on the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage was an unexpected and little known one at the Inukaiyama Hohonen-ji founded by Kūkai in Nara. Inunakiyama Tohorinji Temple犬鳴山轉法輪寺
I felt the world re-enchanted and a reconnection to sacred time when I was transported out of mundane time by participating in the Tenjin Matsuri Festival in Osaka July 24-25. A festival that is considered one of the top three festivals in Japan and has been held at the Temmangu Shinto Shrine for over 1,000 years, it allows young and old to cut through the one-dimensional rationality that dominates our consumer society and momentarily restore the sacred connection to the cosmos.