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1,000 Steps
2021.10.14


I singularly and wearily made my way back to the instructor’s camp. Those stairs seemed like the climb up one of Yamagata Prefecture’s holy mountains, Mount Hojusan. There the final and worthy destination is Risshakuji Temple, more colloquially known as Yamadera (literally: “mountain temple”), a far-north outpost of Tendai Buddhism since the year 860. To reach the promised vistas from the mountain’s peak, however, requires tackling a series of staircases totaling more than 1,000 steps. When you get there however, it is truly worth it. It feels quite surreal to stand there and imagine what life had been like in a simpler time, before it had turned into a tourist hot spot. The end of this uphill climb did not end with such a breathtaking view. Snap back to the task at hand and try to focus on not rolling down the stairs. 





I am so happy that I am a very determined person with tons of willpower. I wanted to give up but my pride and commitment to seeing things through to the end made me keep going. Slowly but surely, I arrived on flat land and saw the other members of our group already gathered there and undertaking the blissful task of getting their tanks off their backs and peeling their heavy, rubbery wetsuits off. After we had returned the gear and equipment, the instructors came over and showed us videos of the not so deep sea adventure. The quality was pretty good and was included in the price of the trip. I was happy to get some cool documentary evidence of the feat I had accomplished. 





The instructor said nothing about the fact that I had ‘tried’ to drown her or the fact that I had been floundering around in the water like a tiny Nemo with a gimpy fin. She was a professional after all and I was sure she had had worse than that happen before, while and after taking people down. I ventured a statement or question, I cannot remember which, and to my surprise she said we had done really well. She had felt confident enough to let us go for a while and leave us unsupervised and then had passed us over to the next instructor. 





Ah, I remember that moment. Funny how our minds work. I had been thinking the worst when she had actually felt comfortable with our performance. 





I was glad to say I had done it and it was quite a memorable event.





Yamadera - 1,000 Steps

Date posted :
2021.10.14
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Hair Monster

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