Friday, February 16, 2018

Back From Japan: Tsutokoyamakosho Temple

This is the smaller of the two Buddhist temples near where we trained:

The playscape is a nice modern touch:

Many Buddhist Temples have associated Shinto Shrines:

Japanese graveyards are amazing.  They are very much a sort of miniature necropolis:

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Back From Japan: Shinmei Shrine

Shinmei Shrine is a shrine on the hillside behind the training center.  It is sort of this random temple, up on a hill.

The Torii, the gate that separates the sacred from the ordinary: 

Views of the Lower Shrine:

The Upper Shrine:

Guardian Dogs and Lanterns:

 The Purification Basin:

The Upper Portion.  This is where the kami (spirit) dwells:

And some very cool brooms:

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Back From Japan

Hi Friends!  I made it back around midnight local time last night. I had a wonderful and meaningful time.

Our schedule, which was not as bad as it could have been, was as follows:

0400  Wake Up
0500-0700  Train
0700 Breakfast
0900-1200 Train
1400-1630/1700  Train
1630/1700  Shower/ Hot Bath (Ofuro)
1800 Dinner
2000  Bed (Typically)

I fear I am still a bit strung out by lack of sleep, but here at least are some pictures of the facility we were in:

The Outside:

Places to remove your shoes:

Our room.  Four to a room (could fit eight on the floor). The bunk was a tatami mat:

The showers, including the Ofuro:

Two of the dojos we trained in:

Sunrises and sunsets were beautiful:

And the general daytime views were nice too:

Sunday, February 11, 2018


"If for your food
you have been given gall,
if in your thirst 
you have drunk vinegar,
remember that Jesus suffered the like."

- Gilbert of Hoyland (Fl. 1153-1172) from The Way of Simplicity (Esther De Waal)

Saturday, February 10, 2018

A Few Words From...Sepp Holzer

"The fact that I do not let myself be intimidated and do not stay quiet just to please people has given me reputation for being a ' rebel farmer'.  The fact that it is actually necessary to become a 'rebel' to run a farm in harmony with nature is really very sad.  The administrative system has become overgrown and nips any creative thought in the bud.  It the responsibility of those in power to fix these problems.

We have to make democracy our guiding principle instead of acting like lemmings and following the masses blindly, otherwise one day we will lose our democracy and our rights.  On my farm I have no problems with large populations of 'pests', because nature is perfect and keeps everything in balance.  I only wish that our administrative system could be regulated in a similar way, so that the bureaucracy does not push us to the breaking point and we are not punished for thinking creatively.  I think we all need to work to combat this unbearable situation and bring this 'bureaucratic overpopulation' back under normal levels."

- Sepp Holzer, Sepp Holzer's Permaculture