“I stopped at mountain water, at a pool of cool ablution. The craft of papermaking takes the same route: we cannot make paper without first dipping into cold water.” Washing hands at Kawakami Gozen’s shrine:


“I passed through the torii gate onto gold-leafed flagstones, spent ginkgo softening footfall to the kami’s shrines.” Sounds of fallen ginkgo and Japanese cedar leaves underfoot:


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