When I visited Nanzenji in the spring of 2014 I found a Buddhist service taking place in the Kyoto temple. Visitors peered in through the doors at the praying monks. The cherry blossoms around the temple were less dazzling and more modest and than many other places, but their beauty still shone in the dark corners around the ancient temple.
Was this article helpful?
I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for 1 year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for 9 years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014.I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.