One thousand days of mountain walking: The "Marathon Monks" of Mt. Hiei

One thousand days of mountain walking: The "Marathon Monks" of Mt. Hiei

千日回峰行:京都大廻り I didn’t write about it here, because I’m not allowed to take pictures, but last year I was invited to participate in supporting the monk Hoshino Endo as he performed 100 straight nights of traversing 40 kilometers of mountain trails (days 701-800) in a tradition that goes back more than 1,000 years on Mt. […]

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Shichi-Go-San portrait: Gregory Taishi Ferry

Shichi-Go-San portrait: Gregory Taishi Ferry

Greg in kimono and hakama after his Shichi-Go-San (literally “7-5-3″) blessing ceremony at Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto, where he was blessed after his birth in the O-miya-mairi ceremony. Shichi-go-san is for girls ages 7 and 3, and boys age 5. Greg is only 4 until next February, but according to the old way of counting […]

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Finally, a snow day

Finally, a snow day

We woke up to a snowstorm on Friday, the first time we had more than a few flakes this winter, but by midmorning it seemed to be melting, and then it started raining. So that Greg might have a chance to stomp around in snow just once before the spring comes, we got on the […]

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