The tour you organised for us was a great success, thank you!
The visit to Mt Koya was cited as the highlight of the trip by more than half the group. We were running a bit late and were met on arrival by our walking-tour guide. She was easy to get along with and was very informative and interesting, as she took us on a walk through the cemetery to the temple. We were fortunate to see the monks making their afternoon visit to the monk Kukai’s mausoleum, and join in with the meditation with the monks at the shukubo temple lodgings we stayed at. The food at the temple was amazing (I would say that, I’m vegetarian!) and an eye-opening (still enjoyable!) experience for some of our students.
The highlight, however, was definitely the class we participated in after dinner: bead making. The monk and our guide helped us in stringing and sanding the beads, and taught us what each bead represented. It was a highly personal, reflective and yet still fun activity, and at the end of it we had beautiful prayer beads to keep. We all wore our prayer beads for the remainder of the trip, and it was lovely to see students still wearing them to school in Term 4.
Thank you for all the work you did in organising and supporting us on the trip, from all the Ipswich State High School participants.