When you think of Zen, you think of beautiul garden, calm music and slow pace of life, right? Well, the garden sure is beautiful, but the focus of Zen surprised me. They say it’s all about the moving Zen, which is for example cleaning quickly and thoroughly, and quiet Zen which is meditating for 5 times a day for 24 min. By having rules in your daily routine, it makes you more focused. Here is the schedule: 4.50 waking up, cleaning teeth. 5.05 morning chanting, the words are…

After spending time in ashram in Madurai (India) and buddhist temple near Pai (Thailand), it was only obvious that we experience a zen temple. Our friend Natali told us about a zen temple in Kyoto called Fumonken. “You have to stay more than 2 days and I don’t accept couples.” “But if you’re going to respect the temple rules, you can come” said Osho-san, the monk of Fumonken. Phew, sounds strict! Nervously we entered the wooden door which revealed mossy ground and neatly arranged flowers, when Fumonken monk…

Mount Aso, the second biggest active vulcano in the world, is a shorter train ride from Kumamoto. The countryside view from the train is amazing and when you step off at the station you can take a deep breath of fresh air. Aso looks like a small alpine village. It’s cute, small and people are very friendly. We booked our stay in the Asobi Gokoro guesthouse (2500 ¥ for a dorm) as the weather was rainy. The streets are beautiful, everything is impecably clean. I’ve noticed that the…