JETs are a varied and interesting group mostly characterized by their relative intelligence (usually anyway) and their flexibility and willingness to try new things. Hey y’all – I’ve got a hell of a thing for you to try! I first heard about Vipassana from a tour guide in Cambodia, but it seemed like a thing to do in Japan since it’s a Shinto-Buddhist nation. Although it’s not religious or sectarian, the philosophy behind Vipassana is deeply grounded in Buddhist thinking.
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As I’m sitting in the steamy outdoor section of the Oosado onsen hotel on Sado Island, Niigata, I’m struck by the vast beauty of the Japan Sea and the snow-covered garden that serves as the only barrier between the hotel and the coast. The scenic view engulfs me in a calm serenity despite the frigid temperature. It’s a crisp minus four degrees, and the hot, bubbling onsen water feels like a warm blanket that heats me up to the neck,