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Firstly, thank you so much to everyone who entered the giveaway in the previous post. I so enjoyed reading all the comments, by turns funny, warm, moving and altogether a lovely reminder that it's so often the little things that...

Hiraizumi – temples and gardens representing the Buddhist Pure Land

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The women in the tourist information are delighted to try their English: You are visiting the Golden Hall of Chusonji? It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage and has such a great history! The patterns for the textile coaster they present me with can be traced back to the trade routes of the Silk Road in the 11th or 12th century, when Hiraizumi – this off-the-beaten-track region in the North of Japan – was an important cultural centre. At that time the local ruling clan of the Oshu Fujiwara held their own against the central government in Kyoto. But not only cloth patterns came along the Silk Road, also new ideas and concepts, like Buddhism and new concepts of garden architecture. Hiraizumi is one of the first examples where this new ideas harmoniously mixed with the older ideas of Nature worship.

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I’ve been struggling about what to write this week – teetering between wanting to say a lot, and then holding back because I don’t feel like I can share as much on this space as I used to. Fall is...