I visited Matsuyama Castle for the first time in a while. When I was living in Matsuyama, I went up to Matsuyama Castle every Sunday and saw the sunset at Iyonada. It was clear and sunny that day, and I could see the direction of Gogoshima, Suo Oshima and Sadamisaki, and the light up of Matsuyama-jo Castle reflected in the evening sky.
It’s time to say goodbye to Shikoku. Since coming to Tokushima from Haneda on May 20, it has been a 76 day walking Henro trip until today, August 3. After visiting 88 sacred places and 20 sacred places of special status, I felt so happy. I’m going to Koyasan and Toji temple for the prayer of thanksgiving. I took an early morning ferry from Tokushima Port and saw the mountains of Shikoku leaving from the deck. Goodbye, Shikoku. Thank you, Shikoku.
I went to Ryozenji to pray for the completion of 88 sacred places. I headed to Ryozenji, the first fudasho, after I met the vow of the special reijo (sacred ground) at Otakiji. I was welcomed by sunflowers in the mountains of Awa City, where the weather was clear. I had lunch at an udon restaurant near the third temple, Konsenji. There was a autograph of Angela Aki in the store. Cold udon was especially delicious for the body that was dazed by the heat. Arriving at Ryozenji, I finally connected the circle of Fudasho. I prayed and received bracelet nenju at Nokyosho to celebrate Kechigan. I can’t believe I could walk all around Shikoku. Today’s inn is near the pier of Tokushima Port. Tomorrow I’m going to take a ferry to Koyasan Okunoin for thanksgiving. Today was my last day in Shikoku. I ate Tokushima ramen near JR Tokushima Station and saw Mt. Bizan at dusk. It had a beautiful silhouette.
That is the 82 th temple of Shikoku 88temple pilgrimage.The principal image is 1000 hands of Kanzeon Bosatsu. It was founded by Kobo Daishi and converted to the Tendai sect in the Edo period. It is in the middle of Aomine of Goshikidai.I arrived at Shiramineji on foot on the former pilgrimage road, Negoroji-michi. Go down the stairs from the temple gate and go up to Daishi-do. Go up the stairs to the main hall. It is a cathedral utilizing the steep landform. I could see the nostalgic streets of Takamatsu and Yashima. Oniyuri and Kikyo (Chinese bellflower) bloomed in the precincts and healed the fatigue of the pilgrimage.
The lenten fare is a dish in which no meat is used but only vegetables, grains and beans are used in accordance with Buddhist precepts. The lenten fare of Senyuji is wonderful in both sight and taste. Brown rice, julienned potatoes, vegetable tempura and sesame tofu were especially delicious. The scenery of Imabari and Seto Inland Sea viewed from this temple is also superb.
Chigasaki Fishing Port is located in the center of the Sagami Bay coast, overlooking the Izu Peninsula, Miura Peninsula, and Mount Fuji. In addition to fishing boats, there are many leisure boats and round-trip boats around Eboshi iwa. In the early summer, False bindweed flowers on the nearby beach are full of flowers. The sunset is also beautiful.
Spring Festival refers to the New Year of the Lunar New Year in China and Greater China. The houses and the streets are decorated with red decorations. A firecracket rings, and a lion dance is danced. I enjoyed the Spring Festival in Yokohama’s Chinatown.