It’s been raining here for three straight days, but a break on Saturday lasted just long enough for me to get out to Eiheiji Temple in the mountains east of here and spend the afternoon. Seven hundred and fifty years old and the size of a small city, Eiheiji is still home to an community of Zen Buddhist monks. The leaves were in full autumn pageantry, and I took so many photos that my camera battery died of exhaustion. Afterward, I hiked up a lonely road through the woods about two kilometers from the temple and found a massive dam, choked with shrubbery and what I suspect were “Keep Off” signs. I climbed it on principle, of course. (Note to self: next time, pack reserve battery.) See all the photos here.

 

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