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.
This year’s Risshu is August 7. This day is regarded as the day when summer reaches its peak and signs of autumn begin to appear in China’s 24 seasons, and the heat after that becomes the lingering summer heat. After Risshu, the sky at Chigasaki Beach today was high and the wind was refreshing, and there was a hint of autumn somewhere.
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.
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 20th temple of Shikoku exceptional Sacred Sites.Its principal image is Nishiteru daigongen and its founder was Gyoki. This temple is also known as the So-Oku-no-in of the 88 sacred sites in Shikoku. From Okuboji, I entered the mountains of former Shionoe-cho and bypassed Kabagawa Dam, which was under construction. I kept climbing the slope of Mt. Otaki (946 meters above sea level) until he finally reached Otakiji near the top of the mountain. I can see the mountains of Mima City, Tokushima Prefecture from the temple grounds. Along with the 88 sacred places, all the special sacred places were finally completed. Tomorrow, I’m going to Ryozenji, the first fudasho of the 88 sacred places in Shikoku.
That is the 88 th temple of Shikoku 88temple pilgrimage.The principal image is the Yakushi Nyorai.This temple is said to have been founded by Gyoki.It was clear weather when I left the henro-yado in front of the gate of Nagaoji, but it began to rain as I entered the mountains. I took shelter from the rain and talked with other pilgrims at “Maeyama Ohenro Communication Salon”. Wearing rain gear in the pouring rain, I climbed the cliff-like pilgrimage route of Mt. Nyotai. The weather gradually recovered and I enjoyed the beautiful Sanuki scenery at the summit. After descending the mountain, I finally arrived at Okuboji. I prayed and celebrated Kechigan together with other pilgrims whom I met for the first time in the precincts. I honestly praised myself for walking so far. But the pilgrimage of the last fudasho of the special reijo, Otakiji, Ryozenji, Koyasan Okunoin and Toji are still waiting. The pilgrimage continues.
The morning sun is beautiful in Chigasaki. In particular, the morning of New Year’s Day is bright and sunny every year. Many people gather on the beach to see the first sunrise of the year rising over the Miura Peninsula, and surfers wait for it from the sea off the coast. These are special features of the New Year. I collected morning scenes of Chigasaki …
I love the sunset scean in Chigasaki. The sun setting in the Izu Peninsula. The silhouette of Mt. Fuji. The sun and clouds present us with the sunset. The sea is bathed in sunset. The afterglow shines on the beach. Surfers on their way home. I collected scenes from Chigasaki in the twilight…