Tuesday, July 7, 2015

the promise of a surprise

I'd promised Alice a surprise on our drive up to the North Shore of O'ahu: this was the Byodo-In Temple, a replica of the C11th Phoenix Hall of the Byodo-In Buddhist temple compound in Uji, Japan - constructed here in 1968 to commemorate the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawai'i (think sugar-cane labor).  When I first came here in 2002 it was truly magical; mist on the Ko'olau Mountains; thin sunlight; floating air.  This afternoon was much more grey and murky - but I still think that it's a totally lovely and peaceful place.

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