Recently I received an email from the Marmot; some other time I'll comment on the more important bits of it, but for now, a response to a specific question:
I have indeed been to the the Monastery of the Transfiguration. January First is the Feast of St. Basil the Great, which in Korea is customarily celebrated at the Monastery with His Grace Soterios Bishop of Zelon. I went to the service and spent the night there. It was cold and I didn't have much time to wander, but it was quite beautiful. It is probably one of the few shoeless monasteries in the world (Japanese Orthodox churches are shoesless, but I don't know if they have any monasteries). At the moment it contains only a bishop, a novice, and an English nun who is often away for medical treatment. So when he's around it's a rare opportunitiy to have lots of one on one time with a bishop.
Some photos from the church I attend can now be found on the side bar.