For those of y'all who don't know what Mercury Retrograde is, let me explain what this frustrating time is. A couple of times a year for 3.5 weeks at a time, Mercury will appear to go backwards in the sky. It's not really going backwards. That's just an illusion as it hurries past Earth. During those 3.5 weeks, it feels like anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Electronics will suddenly break, miscommunications happen easily, and agreements fall through. It seems like while Mercury Retrograde is going on Murphy's Law is the law of the land. During a retrograde, you shouldn't buy new electronics, enter into any new agreements, travel, move, start a new job, or basically anything.
About half an hour from Fukuoka is Nanzo-in Temple. Nanzo-in Temple is the home of the reclining Buddha. I've been wanting to see it in person for a while and figured since we were in Fukuoka we should take the detour to go visit it. Even though I had looked online about this temple often, I didn't know there was more to it than just the reclining Buddha. I also didn't know it was halfway up a mountain. We had quite a few surprises waiting for us.