Rakan-ji: Buddhist ascetism amid dramatic scenery, yet a sort-of hole in the wall

Not long ago, we were driving in north-central Oita on the island of Kyushu when we spotted a mountain with a hole it.  Needless to say, such a phenomenon must be explored!  So we did. We learned that the top of this mountain was historically a hermitage for the practice Buddhist asceticism--reputed to have been … Continue reading Rakan-ji: Buddhist ascetism amid dramatic scenery, yet a sort-of hole in the wall

Silence: On the trail of Japan’s Hidden Christians

Earlier this week I was privileged to attend a Tokyo preview screening of Silence, Martin Scorsese's film adaptation of Shusaku Endo's 1966 novel.  I had read the novel more than 30 years ago and it was interesting to see it brought to life relatively faithfully. The story centers on a fictitious 17th century Jesuit priest, … Continue reading Silence: On the trail of Japan’s Hidden Christians