Dr Feelgood’s Wilko Johnson on Shunkoin Temple in Kyoto

The rock band’s founder and guitarist found perfect tranquility in a Japanese monastery after being diagnosed with terminal cancer

I love Japan. I’ve been there many times, working and just being there, over the last 30 years. When I was diagnosed with terminal cancer at the beginning of 2013, the first thing I wanted to do was go to Japan, particularly Kyoto. If you want a bit of tranquility, they’ve got plenty of it. One particular highlight I remember was in a monastery called Shunkoin up in the hills. There was nobody there except a monk sweeping up the leaves – it was such a tranquil setting.

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