10am headed to the tea ceremony. Taka ran us through the history and steps of a tea ceremony. We were presented with 2 rice cakes served on rice paper. They were delicious. A few moments later the tea was brought to us. You’re supposed to give the bowl 2 nice turns and theres enough for about 2-3 drinks. Be sure to slurp on the last drink so you don’t stain the bowl with any tea that may be left over. The tea was awesome as well and very refreshing!
Meditation…… Peaceful but a little painful. Painful because my legs ache being crossed for long periods at a time It was nice to sit in silence, hearing the wind and gathering all my thoughts. I tried to focus on my breathing a lot. In through my nose feeling the cold air. I’m still not convinced that Taka had us go the full 20 minutes.
Our trek to Kiyomizudera was at first a little long and tiring but once we got to the very large cemetery that wasn’t an issue any more. I thought it was beautiful being placed in the mountain. If I had a loved one there I might get lost trying to find them but well worth it. After the cemetery we made it to Kiyomizudera and wow what a view!