Holy Wood

I see a lot of concrete travelling through the cityscapes of eastern Honshu. Plain grey, piled to great heights. The only evidence that once it must have been different seem to be the intricate wooden structures of temples and shrines.

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They live side by side with structures that are build for a more modern kind of worship.

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In Kyoto their sheer number sends me on a pilgrimage to a different age.

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I stroll in gardens,

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see Buddhas hidden in niches, …

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… notice enchanting details …

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… and, of course, the flowers.

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A cat guards a small shrine …

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… but there are large temples too, …

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… guarded by dragons.

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I leave my shoes at the bottom of the steps and enter.

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The temple closes for the night.

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I leave this wooden island …

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… return to the sprawling ocean of stone and steel.

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