Saturday, October 4, 2014

Chugoku 33 Kannon Pilgrimage Day 1


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After finishing my walk around Kyushu on the Kyushu Pilgrimage, this summer I started walking the Chugoku 33 Kannon Pilgrimage which will take me through Okayama, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi, Shimane, and Tottori. I think it will end up being over 1500 kilometers. I started at Hinase in the east of Okayama near to Shoraku-ji, the third temple on the pilgrimage.

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At Shorakuji the Niomon was undergoing renovation, and so was able to observe one of the craftsmen working on repairs to the Nio.

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Instead of heading directly west towards the next temple I took a detour and headed NW to visit the Shizutani School, a school founded in the early Edo Period for common people. Some of the architecture there is listed as a National Treasure.

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From there I headed over the hills to reach a tributary of the Yoshii River which I followed down towards the south and the next temple.

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Towards the end of the day I stopped in at the Bizen Sword Museum where swords are still made in the traditional way....

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