Thursday, January 03, 2013

My visit to Nara, Japan

Another recollection of my visit to Japan in 1979. Arriving in Nara, I checked in at the tourist center, and a young woman working there volunteered to guide me on a day-long tour of this Japan's oldest city. One of many highlights was a stop at Kofukuji, the Buddhist temple established in 669. I can still hear her saying in earnest broken English as she pointed with admiration to this treasured monument, "Five-story Pagoda. Five-story Pagoda."