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View of Japanese temple roofs in a mist-enshrouded landscape.

"'Koya-san, Japan, 1951.' One of the most sacred of all shrines for Japanese is Koya-san, a mist-veiled mountaintop on Honshu where the monastery of Karukayado sprawls under dripping pine boughs. Eternal moss assures a brooding silence in the nearby cemetery of Japan's emperors." David Douglas Duncan insert.