Wednesday 15th May 2013
Today 's pre-match warm-up involves another coach tour, this time we visit the Eihei-Ji temple located on the hillside in the forest, established by the great Zen master Dogen, founder of the Soto sect of Zen Buddhism. From an Australian hockey player perspective, the benefits of climbing up 217 steps and coming down 216 steps are, of course, increased leg-work and fitness with improving cardio-respiratory reserve - we're not quite sure where the missing step went ! Eihei-Ji , the "temple of eternal peace", founded in the year 1244, is a most tranquil haven that nestles amongst gigantic trees on the mountainside, and is a training centre for Zen Buddhist monks. Perhaps we might also seek absolution for all those passes that go astray ! With a tranquil mind we now proceed to the hockey stadium.