曽我梅林散策, Soga Plum Grove Walk in Odawara,曾我梅林散步


The Soga Plum Grove in Odawara is at its peak. At Kozu Station (KO- ZU) on the JR Tokaido Line, transfer to the Gotemba Line and get off at Shimosoga Station. About 35,000 white plum trees were in full bloom and reflected the sunset. Mt. Fuji is also nearby. This village of Soga is famous for ‘Soga Monogatari’, one of Japan’s three famous avenges. I remembered the Soga brothers at his family temple, Jozen-ji Temple.


2021年2月13日 神奈川県小田原市 城前寺
2021年2月13日 神奈川県小田原市 曽我梅林
2021年2月13日 神奈川県小田原市 曽我梅林

小田原城夕景,Odawara Castle Sunset Scene, 小田原城晚景


A new commercial facility was built in Odawara last December. From the rooftop, you can see scenes of Odawara Castle and Sagami Bay that you have never seen before. It is interesting to see the castle tower of Odawara Castle from this angle. The sunset sinking into Hakone was beautiful. I enjoyed the atmosphere of the closing 2020 years.


2020年12月25日 神奈川県小田原市 箱根を望む



That is the 78 th temple of Shikoku 88temple pilgrimage.The principal image is Amida Nyorai.This temple is a rare temple in the 88 sacred places of Shikoku where different sects of Ji sect and Shingon sect coexist. From Kaiganji I walked through Tadotsu and Marugame streets towards Takamatsu. I miss Marugame Castle. Beyond the Seto Inland Sea, I could see the mountains of my hometown, Kurashiki, and was filled with emotion.


2019年7月23日 香川県綾歌郡宇多津町

小田原紀行,Odawara journey,小田原纪行


I took a walk in Odawara after a long time. First, go to Odawara Castle which is one of the 100 famous castles in Japan. This castle was the residence of the Hojo family that reigned in Kanto region for 100 years from the first generation Soun Hojo, and it withstood the attacks of Kenshin Uesugi and Shingen Takeda and was called an impregnable castle. There are many big red pine and black pine trees, and the castle tower is beautiful. Hotoku Ninomiya-jinja Shrine in the castle enshrines Ninomiya Sontoku, a thinker of the Edo period. “Economy without morality is a sin.” he said. Miyuki no Hama Beach is goog one where Emperor Meiji and his wife visited. You can see Izu Peninsula, Hatsujima Island, Oshima Island, Miura Peninsula and Boso Peninsula. It is blessed with seafood and the kamaboko is a specialty. I ended my trip with hot sake and yakitori.


2020年3月11日 神奈川県小田原市

遍路道 今治,the root of pilgrimage Imabari,朝圣之路 今治


I head for Nankobo from Enmeiji, walked the nostalgic town of Imabari. There are many local specialties and attractions here. Tai Meshi, Imabari Yakitori, B-class gourmet Yakibuta Tamago Meshi, Imabari Towel, Shipbuilding, Yurukyara Bariisan. The Shimanami Kaido Road, now a sacred place for cyclists, connects Imabari with Onomichi in Hiroshima Prefecture.


2016年2月13日 愛媛県今治市

遍路道 松山城,the root of pilgrimage Matsuyama Castle, 朝圣之路 松山城


  春や昔 十五万石の 城下哉  子規

A pilgrimage root that is 10 kilometers to Taisanji. I went up to Matsuyama Castle and saw the red sunset sinking into Gogoshima. It is one of the 12 castles that still have a castle tower. I used to live at the foot of this castle, and I was looking forward to seeing the Seto Inland Sea sunset from this castle every Sunday. For dinner, I enjoyed seared yellowtail with salt from Uwajima and local sake from Imabari. The night of Paradise continues.


2019年7月6日 愛媛県松山市 松山城下

遍路道 御幸寺山, the root of pilgrimage Mt.Mikiji,朝圣之路 御幸寺山


A pilgrimage route from Dogo Onsen to Taisanji. At the foot of Mt. Mikiji which used to be a tumulus or mountain castle, there are many professional names such as Issoan where the haiku poet Santoka TANEDA died, Gokoku-jinja Shrine, and Russian cemetery. Matsuyama Castle is also nearby. Ishizuchi-jinja Shrine was located on the top of the mountain, and Ishitsuchiyama was clearly seen beyond the torii.


2014年9月14日 愛媛県松山市 御幸寺山山頂より松山城を望む

松山 淡路ヶ峠,Matsuyama Awajigatou,松山 淡路峠


Hantaji, which is Temple 50 on the Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage, is located halfway up a mountain called Awaji Pass (Awaji Gato). You can see the Matsuyama Plain and the islands of the Seto Inland Sea from this mountain observatory. It was a fort of Hayashi Awaji no kami 400 years ago. Hirofumi ITO, the first prime minister of Japan, is said to be the 11th descendant of Hayashi Awaji no kami. It was a superb view.


2014年9月28日 愛媛県松山市 淡路ヶ峠

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 Ozu Castle. That was repaired by Todo Takatora, a master of castle construction. The view in collaboration with Hiji-kawa River was beautiful,so the author Ryotaro Shiba loved it.


2019年6月29 日 愛媛県大洲市

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