We gathered at Pembroke Arch at 3:45 in the morning. I watched as groups of students materialized out of the mist, carrying just a single bag. We had 24 hours of travel in front of us, two bus rides, two plane rides.
We are now tucked away just below Chion-in in Kyoto. Dinner was at a small Japanese place, leave your shoes at the door, sit on a cushion on the tatami. Then it was a quick walk back, and a chance to try a Japanese bath. Now we are all looking forward to sleeping horizontally, and (at least some of us) then getting up at dawn again to walk up for a morning ceremony on the temple up the hill. Konbawa!