"Located in the quiet Setagaya Ward, about an hour's ride from central Tokyo, and then another 20 minute walk through twisting residential streets, this temple is not easy to find--particularly in Japan's oppressive humidity when you're a tourist who can't read the local signs. But find it we did, after first passing a beer vending machine on the street--an amazing discovery on a 100-degree day."
"Much of what remains is a sprawling collection of ruins made low by time and by nearly 2,000 years of locals using the stone blocks for their own purposes. But it's still a grand sight to behold, set off by a backdrop of some of stunning scenery."
"Whether or not it was considered 'the right thing,' by the judgment of some, it should be considered a terrible thing by all."
"...I took quick stock of my life, and in one swift movement reached down, picked up a stranger's fallen wish, put it back in an empty spot in the pole, and continued my determined march up the mountain."
"When I sat on one of the many rough wooden benches, one fox came up behind me in a matter of seconds, grabbed the strap of my backpack with its teeth, and started pulling. Another fox was fascinated by my wife's umbrella."