I visited Osu Kannon at night for the first time in a while. The empty grounds are just tranquil. When I lived in Nagoya, I lived in Osu, and when I wanted to refresh my mind, I visited Osu Kannon Temple day and night. It is one of the three great Kannon in Japan and the bekkaku-honzan (special head temple) of the Chisan school of the Shingon sect. The principal image is Sho Kannon. Although it is a famous temple, it is a friendly temple that coexists with the town.
While making a pilgrimage to Shikoku, Koyasan, Kyoto and Nagoya, I enjoyed great local food and sake. These healed my exhausted body on the pilgrimage and provided me with nourishment and energy for the next day. I would like to introduce to you some of the local foods that supported my pilgrimage with the Kongo walking stick.
In return for the completion vows of the 88 Shikoku sacred sites and the Bekkaku- 20 sacred sites, I visited Okunoin Temple of Mt. Koya and Toji Temple, and visited Osu Kannon Temple in Nagoya to conclude my pilgrimage. Osu kannon Temple is the Bekkaku-honzan (special head temple) of the Chizan school of the Shingon Sect and the principal image is Sho Kannon. I have a special feeling because I used to live nearby and visit the shrine almost every week. When I looked up at the sky after praying, I was surprised to see a very big and beautiful sunset. That seemed to be celebrating the end of my journey. In the evening,I had a meal after the trip. I can enjoy nostalgic dishes and sake at “Daijin”, a long-established izakaya representing Nagoya, and “Shanghai taste”, a Chinese restaurant of Shanghai couple. The next day, I had lunch at “Tenmaya” on Monzen-machi-dori Street, tasted cold kishimen noodles and dengaku, and then went home. I entered Tokushima on May 20, and my 84 days pilgrimage to this day on August 11 was finally finished. I am deeply grateful to the many people who supported me.
Osu kannon is the center of Shingon sect Chizan school principal and one of three prime kannon in Japan. There is the Kojiki’s oldest manuscript.This day wrestling was held on the precincts at the Osu Odori town People Festival.