This posting, which sums up my previous ash scattering ceremonies in Japan, links with my stay in Tokyo and my visit to Jindaiji in 2013:
I might add that while we were in Kyoto, friends took us out to dinner and a special karoake bar with Geishas:
At the base of these Sakuras, I presented Pearl's ashes:
Thus, I had to return a third time a year later, but it was a Monday, and the park was closed that day.
I had brought a bento, and in advance substituted some sake in a water bottle, so I sat near a brook next to the park and enjoyed my vegetarian meal:
I make an annual pilgrimage to Jindai Botanical Park, and have a picnic next to Pearl's statue, as I did earlier this month:
Roses bloom both in late May and October. I'll be back.