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Reader’s Rave

Uji, Japan

Kaori S. Kelts on the bridge over the Uji River.


Kaori S. Kelts on the bridge over the Uji River.

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From Kyoto, it took half an hour to reach Uji. I had two places to visit: Byodoin (Temple of Equality) and The Tale of Genji Museum. Leaving the train station I walked along the narrow streets, lined with souvenir and tea shops, and was reminded that Uji is famous for the production of green tea. The powerful Fujiwara family, who dreamed of creating a religious building where heaven and earth are brought together, established Byodoin in the 11th century. The famous Phoenix Hall is engraved on the face of the 10-yen coin. Crossing over the Uji River I reached the Genji Museum. Established in 1998, the museum reproduces scenes from “The Tale of Genji,” written by Murasaki Shikibu in the 11th century, and some say the first novel ever written.

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