9. We got up at dawn to hear the monks’ prayers in the Zenkoji Temple at Nagano. The monks chanted for an hour, but near the end of the service, a higher pitched voice went solo for a few minutes. I thought it was a young boy, but Kris assured me it was a woman. Turns out, there is an “abbess” at this temple. And she has a beautiful voice. And her home looks lovely in the early morning light. I also caught a shot of the abbess herself on her way back to her residence after prayers, before the attendant policeman stopped me.
Submitted by Tom Bartel, Travel Past 50