That is the 11th temple of Shikoku exceptional Sacred Sites. The honzon (principal image of Buddha) is Enmei Jizo Bosatsu. It was founded by Kobo Daishi.It is said that Kobo Daishi carved Jizo Bosatsu in one night on a large camphor tree, which led to it being called “Ikiki Jizo”. The camphor tree, said to be 1200 years old, collapsed in a typhoon in 1954, but the engraved Jizo Bosatsu was safe and was enshrined as the principal image. While I was praying, it suddenly began to rain. That seemed to be sad that the camphor tree had fallen.
Enoshima has a long history as a sacred ground, and it is said that the first shrine was built in Iwaya, a cave on the Pacific Ocean side in the era of Emperor Kinmei. In the Edo period, pilgrimages to Enoshima from Edo to pray for the safety of the family became popular. I also visited Enoshima Daishi (The principal image is Fudo Myoo.), which is related to Kobo Daishi and one of the three great Benten shrines in Japan, Enoshima Shrine. At the end I saw the sunset over the Izu Peninsula from Chigogafuchi.
That is the 10th temple of Shikoku exceptional Sacred Sites. The honzon (principal image of Buddha) is Senju Kanzeon Bosatsu. It is said that this temple was founded by Kuhatsu Shonin, and adored by Emperor Kanmu and Minamoto no Yoritomo. I finally arrived after climbing the mountain path from the downtown of Saijo. Located in deep mountains and valleys, it is a famous spot for autumn leaves. The Niihama area could be clearly seen from the precincts.
Saijo City, Ehime Prefecture, is rich in water. Water that fell on Mt. Ishizuchi gushes out all over the city and is called “Uchinuki”. It is said that when Kobo Daishi saw a person suffering from water and poked the ground with his cane, spring water came out. Even now, the spring water is protected by the local people.
There are kites all over the world, and it is interesting to see kites in various shapes depending on the country, such as insects, birds, dragons and phoenixes. Since ancient times, in Japan, people have flown kites high at New Year’s to wish for the health and growth of boys.
I visited my hometown in Kurashiki after a long time. After enjoying the reunion with old friends at the alumni meeting, enjoyed the tour of Puchi Kurashiki. Whenever I come to “Bikan Chiku”, I feel at ease. After enjoying coffee at the cafe El Greco, went to the Achi Shrine which is a guardian shrine. It is said that this shrine was built when the family of Achi no Omi who came to Japan from ancient China became naturalized. Many people visited the shrine in the sound of gagaku. At the end of the trip, I enjoyed “Furuichi Bukkake Udon” of the original Bukkake Udon.The salty-sweet flavor sinks into the stomach of a hangover and is delicious. I left Kurashiki in the afterglow of the class reunion.