Deep in the mountains of Nagano Prefecture, a German Zen Buddhist nun offers guidance to those who feel they have lost their way in life.

"Why don't we think about what kind of life we'd be satisfied with?" Dorothee Eshin Takatsu, 62, asked to four visitors in their 20s to 60s who visited her Zen monastery in Suzaka, Nagano, one day last November.

Takatsu, who is originally from the central German city of Kassel, said she never dreamed she would pursue Buddhism in her life.