That is the 41th temple of Shikoku 88temple pilgrimage. The lord is the eleven faced Kannon that is reported to have been created by Kobo Daishi. It was also built by Kobo Daishi. There is a torii (shrine gate) in the approach,which is a vestige of the syncretism of Shinto and Buddhism. Rice production is thriving here,so the rice field spreads in front of the gate.


2019年6月28日 愛媛県宇和島市



That is the 6th temple of Shikoku exceptional Sacred Sites. The honzon (principal image of Buddha) is 11 faced Kannon. When Masamune Date’s son Hidemune Date became the lord of Uwajimajo Castle, this temple was built in the direction of Kimon (unlucky direction) of Uwajimajo Castle to pray for peace and security of the Uwajima Domain. That still watches over Uwajimajo Castle.


2019年6月27日 愛媛県宇和島市

遍路 名城との出逢い,pilgrimage meet the fine castle, 朝圣 遭遇着名的城堡


During the pilgrimage, I visited Uwajima Castle. That was founded by Todo Takatora, a master of castle construction. It is one of the 100 best castles in Japan. The area around the castle is a virgin forest and is a treasure house of nature with large trees.


2019年6月27日 愛媛県宇和島市

遍路道 宇和海,a root of pilgrimage the Uwa sea,朝圣之路 宇和海


It is a 50 km journey from Kanjizaiji to Ryukoji in Uwajima. It is a fine day and I walk along the Uwa Sea. The Uwa Sea is located on the Ehime Prefecture side of the Bungo Channel. This place used to be the base of pirate Fujiwara no Sumitomo.


2019年6月26日 愛媛県愛南町



That is the 40th temple of Shikoku 88temple pilgrimage,and the first sacred ground of Iyoji “Enlightment hall”. The lord is Yakushi Nyorai which is said to have been carved by Kobo Daishi. This temple was also built by Kobo Daishi by the order of Emperor Heizei.In the precincts there is a monument of Basho Matsuo.This is the farthest from the first temple. I stayed at shukubo.I watched the sunset at Souzu river near this temple.

四国八十八个朝圣的第四十座寺庙。该寺是「菩提的道场」伊豫路的最后的灵场。主佛是被认为是行弘法大师刻的药师如来。在平城天皇的命令下由弘法大师建立。在该区有松尾芭蕉的纪念碑。距离第一个灵场最远的地方。 住在宿坊。我在这座寺庙附近的僧都河上看日落。

2019年6月25日 愛媛県南宇和郡愛南町

二百十日,210th day,二百十日


日の照りて風吹く二百十日哉  子規  

It is the 210th day from the first day of spring the lunar calendar. Usually, typhoons hit Japan on September 1. Around this time, the ears of rice come out and it is said to be an unlucky day for farmers.Disaster Prevention Day is also set for September 1.


2017年9月18日 神奈川県茅ケ崎市 茅ヶ崎海岸

遍路道 松尾峠,the root of pilgrimage Matsuo Pass,朝圣之路 松尾峠


From Tosa to Iyo. I climb the pilgrimage route across the former country. It’s very hot. Matsuo Pass is a steep place, but the vivid red bayberry fruit and the view of Sukumo Bay from near the pass are healing.


2019年6月25日 高知県宿毛市



That is the 39th temple of Shikoku 88temple pilgrimage,and the last sacred ground of Tosaji “training hall”. The bell that the red turtle that was in the precinct came back from the Ryugu is still there. The lord is Yakushi Nyorai which is said to have been carved by Gyoki. This temple was also built by Gyoki by the order of Emperor Shomu.


2019年6月24日 高知県宿毛市

遍路 偉人との出逢い,pilgrimage meet great people, 朝圣 遭遇伟大的人


After praying at Kongofukuji, I head for Cape Ashizuri. On the way, I met a statue of Mr.John Manjiro. He was a great man born in Tosa at the end of the Edo period. He made a great contribution to the opening of Japan to the world. His hometown Tosashimizu City is promoting him as a hero in NHK’s historical drama series.


2019年6月20日 高知県土佐清水市



That is the 38th temple of Shikoku 88temple pilgrimage. The lord is the Senjukanzeonbosatsu that is reported to have been created by Kobo Daishi. It was also built by Kobo Daishi under the order of Emperor Saga. It was hard to walk in the scorching heat as the temple was 80 kilometers away from the No. 37th temple, Iwamotoji. It is located in the southernmost of Shikoku 88temple pilgrimage,and the climate is subtropical. It is also close to Ashizuri Cape. The whiteness of water lilies in the precincts was beautiful.


2019年6月20日 高知県土佐清水市