Monday, February 8, 2010
Buddhist statues wearing red hats and bibs can be found all over Japan. In wayside shrines and altars there will be alone or in small groups. In larger temples there may be many of them in lines.
In Tachikue Gorge on the Kando River a few k south of Izumo City, there are hundreds of them arrayed along a cliff for about 500 meters.
There are 1,000 statues of various buddhas, and 500 statues of Buddhas disciples.
This area was a centre for Yamabushi until Shugendo was outlawed in early Meiji.
Buses from Izumo Station stop along the gorge.