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Summer at Honen-in

One of my favourite temples in Kyoto

I love this temple! I have loved it from the very first time I went there on a showery day in May, and heard singing frogs. I love to walk up the hill through bamboo and tall trees and be welcomed by the thatched gate. The garden enchants me every time with the wonderful texture of its paths, and the lush green moss under the trees, and with the special little touches like flowers in the fountain, and always-new sand sculptures. The simple wooden main hall always issues me a silent, irresistible invitation to sit on the verandah, and breath deeply, and just be.

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