I had a job interview this afternoon with a company that helps Japanese students prepare to attend university or grad school in English speaking countries. I really have no idea how it went. It’s bizarre having so little cultural and communicative context awareness — the interview seemed very superficial to me. I’d guess that all they really wanted to know was whether I really am a native English speaker, and whether I can present myself professionally. But who knows.
We were done so quickly and the center isn’t too far from our house, so I decided to wander home (like any good ex-DCite I ditched my heels for the sneakers in my bag). On the way I came across a number of cute little temples, and one larger one: Seishoji Temple.
There were no signs (not that signs do me much good here anyway) but some internet research tells me that the temple was built by the Soto sect of Zen Buddhists, and that it used to be much bigger to house all the novices and training areas, but much of it was destroyed in the 1922 earthquake.
The building to the right is the front gate to the temple, it houses four “devas” on either side of the entrance.
The temple, like many of the temples we’ve visited is an island of green in an ocean of glass and steel skyscrapers. The juxtaposition of old and new is really very beautiful — it’s a trait that extends beyond just the architecture, throughout the culture. Sometimes tradition seems more or less at odds with modernity.
Inside the shrine I also found a secret dragon fountain! It was hidden almost behind one of the buildings and seems to feed the little stream that meanders through the shrine. Although, it’s rear end looks backwards to me.
I continued on my way home — sneaking into little nooks and alleyways to drink my bottled tea (eating and drinking while walking is quite rude in Japan). The weather is beautiful at the moment — the heat broke after the typhoon, and it’s mid sixties/seventies and breezy. So a lovely afternoon all in all, and fingers crossed on the job!