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Iwami Kannon Pilgrimage Day 3
2017-12-11 09:33
Sunday 16th December 2012, and I begin my third day walking the Iwami Kannon Pilgrimage with Mount Sanbe silhouetted  inland. Today I will walk from Shizuma down the coast and end at Ni… Read More
Ebisu & Daikoku Kote-e
2017-12-09 03:24
Kote-e are a traditional type of plaster relief often found on storehouses, temples etc. A kote is a type of spatula-shaped trowel used to work plaster, so kote-e means "trowel pictures"… Read More
2017-11-09 10:33
On the night of my tenth day walking the Shikoku Ohenro pilgrimage I stayed in the tsuyado at Saba Daishi Temple . Next morning, Saturday September 24th, I awoke to a glorious sunrise… Read More
Pagoda At Ryugenji
2017-11-06 06:29
Ryugenji is a small temple in the old district of the former castle town of Usuki on the coast of Oita. The pagoda was constructed at the latter end of the Edo period, circa early 19th C… Read More
Yokai Manholes
2017-10-25 11:14
I won't be posting for a week or so as I am off on the pilgrim trail, and as we are approaching Halloween I thought these would be appropriate. Sakaiminato in Tottori was the home of Miz… Read More
Fukura Tenmangu
2017-10-21 10:43
Fukura is a district of Usuki, and as I walked into town I stopped in at Fukura Tenmangu. Like quite a few shrines it was actually a temple until the Meiji Period when many temples were conv… Read More
2017-10-16 09:11
Mangatsu Temple is right next to the Usuki Stone Buddhas. The current buildings date from 1950 though it was established in the Muromachi Period. The Nio are quite interesting, and like… Read More
Shikoku Pilgrimage Temple 34 Tanema-ji
2017-10-14 10:21
Tanema-ji, which means "seed sowing temple" is temple number 24 of the pilgrinmage. The name refers to a legend that Kukai planted 5 kinds of seeds that he brought back from China. It is… Read More

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