Maurizio was willing to visit Hiei-zan but about to give up because of his time and money left. As I didn’t want him to leave this city with regret, we made a morning drive there, which was my second visit since my school trip 40 years back. Sitting inside a quiet pagoda and listening to a monk’s prayer with sensitive bell and incense brought us to a real mythic world.
After paying toll and temple tickets we had only a few coins left in our wallets… Have a pleasant trip back home, Maurizio and Francesco!
Kei & Ritsuko