Shōganji Zen Retreat

Experience authentic Zen temple life in rural Japan




Bell Tower at Zen Retreat by Stéphanie Mitrano

umeboshi sorting

Jiho making the best UmeBoshi.






Fresh bamboo shoots in the spring from the backyard.


Jiho’s mother was an important fixture at the retreat for many years and an important part of the local community in Saganoseki. She will be remembered fondly by hundreds of retreat guestswho were fortunate enough to meet her. She passed away in 2016 at the age of 98.


wheelbarrow Stéphanie Mitrano

Wheelbarrow and ginko nuts by Stéphanie Mitrano.

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