train to Hamasaka
Cherry blossom on the way to Hamasaka
In Hamasaka I met two others going to Antaiji for the first time: Konrad and Callum. Konrad is from Germany and Callum from Melbourne. I have met Callum before at the Melbourne Zen Centre, but he recognised me before I recognised him.
It was beautiful weather for our walk up the mountain. These steps are right at the top of the mountain and lead to Antaiji.
When we arrived we sat in the informal dining room and recorded our names in a book before we were shown to our rooms and introduced to the procedures of the monastery. This is a view into the kitchen from the dining room.