The lovely seasonal flowers I met at fudasho (temples where amulets are collected) and roadsides during my pilgrimage from early summer to mid-summer were very beautiful and healed my tired body and soul. Flowers seem to have a mysterious power. The lotus flower bloomed in many temples as’ a symbol of enlightenment ‘in Buddhism.
The equinoctial week begins today. It was a clear day after the typhoon. Higanbana blooming on the bank of Koide River in Chigasaki stands out in the blue sky. The language of flowers is “You are the only one I love” and “Passion.”
I visited Toji Temple to express my gratitude for the vow made during my pilgrimage to the 20 sacred places in Shikoku. Kyoto is as hot as ever in midsummer, and the blue sky is piercing my eyes. Toji was granted to Kobo Daishi by Emperor Saga and is the head temple of Shingon Esoteric Buddhism. It is also registered as a World Heritage Site. The mandala statues in the auditorium are powerful and beautiful. The temple is large and the five-storied pagoda is beautiful. The lotus in the pond in the temple precinct is in full bloom and it is shiny. After praying, I had “Toji udon” at a nearby udon restaurant. The taste of plum and Chinese yam was good for tired body.
I left Kudoyama at the foot of Mt. Koya, which is Okunoin (inner sanctuary) of the 88 sacred places of Shikoku, to make a prayer for the completion of each pilgrimage. I enterd Choishi-michi Street from the precincts of Jisonin Temple. Choishi-michi Street was one of the most beautiful and stately pilgrimage routes that Kobo Daishi has walked on since he opened Mt. Koya. On the way, I felt dizzy because of the heat, and I had to go around the cliff because a group of pit vipers were winding in the middle of the road, but I managed to climb the 22 km slope. I was deeply moved when I prayed at Okunoin surrounded by solemn air. I was healed by the ancient lotus flowers in Rengein.
The summer beach of Chigasaki is decorated with Hamayu, which is now in season. The view of the sea beyond the gorgeous white petals spreading on the large green leaves is a Chigasaki tradition of summer. Hamayu is a tropical plant that grows wild in the coastal area facing the Kuroshio Current, and is often seen in the Boso Peninsula, Miura Peninsula and Izu Peninsula in the Kanto area. The language of flowers is’ Somewhere far away. ‘
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 87 th temple of Shikoku 88temple pilgrimage.The principal image is the Sho Kanzeon Bosatsu.The temple is said to have been founded by Gyoki.The denominations of this temple are changing. Originally a member of the Hosso sect, Kobo Daishi converted to the Shingon sect and is now a member of the Tendai sect. After Shizuka Gozen divorced MINAMOTO no Yoshitsune, she became a Buddhist priest in this temple. Separated from the soothing Seto Inland Sea view, I head for the Shikoku Mountains along the JR Kotoku Line from Shidoji. I arrived through a peaceful countryside. A fine pine tree and a clean temple. There is monuments with a Santoka verse.
Summer of lunar calendar has already begun this year. According to the 72 seasons in ancient China, it is around the time when frogs begin to sing. The flowers are starting to bloom all at once and the fresh green is also beautiful. The sky is a clear blue. The season has come when the humidity is getting higher and I can enjoy the red sunset.
This year, False bindweed, which heralds the beginning of summer, has begun to bloom on Chigasaki Beach.Like cherry blossoms, they came into bloom much earlier than usual. Beautiful pink petals stand out against the blue sky and blue sea. It is sad that the number of colonies decreases year by year due to the strong storm in recent years and the increase of the exotic species Komatsuiyoigusa. The flower language is “Bond”. ～The photos and videos below are from last year.
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.