Yamagata, Japan

納経堂(山形市大字山寺)

The temple where Nokyo-Do is situated is said to have been built back in 1599. Nokyo-Do houses the hand copied Hokkekyo/法華経(Lotus Sutra) scroll. “I continue to make photographs until it has become so dark that I can only see from memory. As the last light falls upon the face of the rock, I stand in awe, feeling so one with this garden, so close to nature, to life itself. This is why I came here and why it seems as though I have been here forever. I begin to pack and prepare to leave. As I turn, I see him, not ten feet from me. His face is dim, yet I can sense his age. He bows deeply and we walk together to the gate, with no common words that we can speak… yet, he knows what I would say.”

- William Corey