Friday, July 2, 2010
After passing through the Niomon (gate with gaurdian statues), the shady, banner-lined, path leads up to the main buildings of Chokoku-Ji.
When I was there a few weeks ago the shadows framed the statues of Kannon, which seemed very fitting as this is Temple number 1 on the 33 Temple Izumo Kannon Pilgrimage.
The main building was covered in strips of paper with what I guess to be prayers on them from pilgrims. I know very little about Buddhist practises and terminology in Japan.
Chokoku-Ji belongs to the Koyasan Shingon sect, and I did read that it is the oldest temple in Taisha Town (the name now given to the town around Izumo taisha, formerly known as Kitsuki.
There is a small shrine to Inari, though it may be Dakiniten, the buddhist version of Inari.
I like Chokoku-Ji. Its quiet, and in a natural setting. Its located west of Izumo taisha, up a small valley from Inasa Beach.