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Sunlight & Shadow at Yusuhara Hachimangu

RSS News from: More glimpses of unfamiliar Japan Yusuhara Hachimangu Shrine was the major shrine of what is bow called Oita City, and is located in the mountains to the west of the city proper. I visited in a loveky sunny morning...
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Kuroshio Town Ogata Library

RSS News from: More glimpses of unfamiliar Japan One of the delights of wandering the backwaters of Japan, for me at least, is stumbling upon huge pieces of modern architecture, often quite surreal, which would not look out of...
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Asami Shrine Revisited

RSS News from: More glimpses of unfamiliar Japan A pair of huge trees flank the entrance to Asami Shrine in Beppu. I posted on the shrine many years ago. It is the main shrine for the town and enshrines Hachiman. I was heading...
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Shikoku Pilgrimage Temple 33 Sekkeiji

RSS News from: More glimpses of unfamiliar Japan Sekkeiji, the 33rd temple on the Shikoku pilgrimage was fairly unimpressive. That may be due to it being the end of a long day when I finally reached it. Though reputedly founded...
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Kyushu Pilgrimage Day 11 Beppu to Oita

RSS News from: More glimpses of unfamiliar Japan This is somewhat how I felt on the morning of my eleventh day of walking around Kyushu. After 2 days of miserable, grey, drizzly weather, the sky was clear and blue. The statue is...
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Kyushu Pilgrimage Temple 25 Kongochoji

RSS News from: More glimpses of unfamiliar Japan This was a very difficult place to find. Located in the middle of a dense grid of narrow streets, none of which were named. It didnt help that it was tiny and not really any...
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Tamatsukuri Fertility Shrine

RSS News from: More glimpses of unfamiliar Japan One of the things I am on the lookout for while I wander the back roads of rural Japan are fertility shrines. Many of them, like this one in Tamatsukuri, Izumo, are not signed, not...
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Sho’okuji Temple, Hiji, Oita

RSS News from: More glimpses of unfamiliar Japan Sho’okuji is a large Soto Zen temple in the castle town of Hiji on Beppu bay in Oita. It isnt one of the Kyushu Pilgrimage temples ( which are all Shingon) but I wanted to...
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Fudo Myo of Shikoku part 13

RSS News from: More glimpses of unfamiliar Japan I havent posted much recently because I am on the road, walking around Shikoku on the Shikoku Fudo Myo Pilgrimage, and have limited time on the internet. So I will finish off the...
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Fudo MyoO of Shikoku part 12

RSS News from: More glimpses of unfamiliar Japan Coming towards the end of the Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage known commonly as Ohenro and Fudo Myo continues to make appearances. The first photos is at temple number 80, one of four...