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It’s All Part of the Adventure— of Travel and of Life

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Five story pagoda rises above temple complex in the rain.
Zenpoji temple in the rain, Tsuruoka, Yamagata. (©Diane Tincher)

Rain was pouring down as my train pulled into Sakata station in Yamagata Prefecture. That cool cloudy morning, I had left my shrine lodging on Mount Haguro and spent the day exploring the charming town of Tsuruoka. I was visiting the beautiful Zenpoji temple complex about 40 minutes…

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