Friday, July 2, 2010

Chokoku-Ji

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After passing through the Niomon (gate with gaurdian statues), the shady, banner-lined, path leads up to the main buildings of Chokoku-Ji.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

4 comments:

  1. Beautiful photography, very evocative but also lovely images in their own right. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Izumo Kannon Pilgrimage? I'll be there in 10 minutes...

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  3. Hey Ted
    Not to be confused with the Chugoku 33 kannon pilgrimage.... been to about 25% of those.
    The izumo 33 looks like an easy 4 or 5 day walk

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  4. You know me, any excuse for a good stroll...

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