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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The Entertainer

The Entertainer

The son of a family friend had a very public recital a few days ago — right in front of the Granvia Hotel at Kyoto Station. He played “Zip-a-dee-doo-dah” very well and said he wasn’t nervous at all, despite the crowd. (click for more pictures on flickr)  

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Cooling off

Cooling off

We hopped on the Eizan train to Yase-Hiezan-guchi station (just about 8 minutes from home) after school and met Anthony and his daddy Jeffrey for a dip in the river. UPDATE (JULY 23): Oh, man, our little swimming’ spot was featured on the news last night, at the start of summer vacation! It’s gonna be […]

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On top of the world, again

On top of the world, again

Japanese adventurer Yuichiro Miura, 75, whom I photographed at a lecture in Kyoto in 2005, climbed to the summit of Mt. Everest last week in an attempt to recapture bragging rights he previously held as the “oldest summiteer.” It didn’t quite work out. One day before he reached the top, a 76-year-old Nepalese climber got […]

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