The ceramic letters adorning the wall of SATOYAMA STAY NINO-MACHI are the work of a local artist with whom we have a longstanding relationship, Reiko Asano of Furukawa. They depict the 262 letters of the Heart Sutra, a scripture of seminal importance to the Buddhist faith. This work of art is unique in the world and it is a great honor for us to display it. Though some of the characters depict the same Kanji (Chinese characters), all are written in a slightly different way. You can spend hours appreciating its subtlety and power to promote peace of mind and we hope that this great work will be enjoyed by all who visit.