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The Shikoku Pilgrimage: Day 7 Part 2

No. 30 Zenrakuji (Zenraku Temple)


Umemi Jizo (Stone Buddha) for head problems. 

I don’t want to become dementia. 


No. 29 Kokubunji (Kokubun Temple)



This temple has a nice garden.

Moss is nice and GREEN!


No. 28 Dainichiji (Dainichi Temple)



Lunch time!

A bowl of boiled whitebait.


Dessert was a homemade sweet potato; very natural.


Very peaceful…


No. 27 Konomineji (Konomine Temple)


No. 26 Kongochoji (Kongocho Temple)



Rubbed to prevent any cancers.


No. 25 Tsushoji (Tsusho Temple)


Needed to climbed-up…



The temple is located on a hill that can overlook the ocean.

How nice!


 No. 24 Hotsumisakiji (Hotsumisaki Temple)

Entered from the back.


One Wish Stone Buddha 

The Main Temple is surrounded by many nice constructions.


Sunstarted setting…the moment is so beautiful…

Proceeded to Mikurodo where Kobo Daishi practised.

While looking at the sky and ocean, Kobo Daishi decided to use the name Kukai.



Checked in at Hotel Riviera Shishikui in Shishikura Onsen (hot spring).

I like a tatami mat room and love an onsen!

Onsen water is slimy…you need to try it to understand what I mean.



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The Shikoku Pilgrimage: Day 7

A Christmas tree decorates the entrance of the Crown Palais New Hankyu Kochi.


Again, enjoyed local food buffet breakfast♪


No. 34 Tanemaji (Tanema Temple)

It feels good to start a day early.

I was at Tanemaji at 7:10 am. hahaha



No. 33 Sekkeiji (Sekkei Temple)


Finally facing Pacific Ocean.


No. 32 Zenjibuji (Zenjibu Temple)


Nice view from here.


No. 31 Chikurinji (Chikurin Tempe)

The direct translation of name of temple is Bomboo Forest.

Yes, moss is so beautiful and green.





Sorry, I need to catch up with my sleep. 

I will continue tomorrow.

By the way, guess what I had for lunch today.

My friend invited me for a bowl of Jakoten Udon at the Ehime Prefecture’s satellite shop in Tokyo.

I think I had enough for Jakoten noodle. Hahaha

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The Shikoku Pilgrimage: Day 6 (Second 1/2)

Sorry, I was too tired yesterday and I was literally forced to shut down; no more energy to stay awake.

I will continue from later half of Day 6.

Kochi Prefecture is famous for bonito fish.

I enjoyed Katsuo no Tataki (bonito sashimi) with two different sauce: ponzu (soy sauce with yuzu citrus) and shiodare (salty sauce).

 

I also enjoyed a Katsuo burger (bonito burger); surprisingly very delicious!


Melon Soda


No. 37 Iwamotoji (Iwamoto Temple)

I continued visiting temples.



The ceiling is nice, but what Marilyn Monroe doing here…!?


No. 36 Shoryuji (Shoryu Temple)




No. 35 Kiyotakiji (Kiyotaki Temple)


At the bottom of Yakushinyorai (Bhaisajyaguru/Buddha of Healing), there is a maze in dark).

It was scary because I couldn’t see anything. 


This was the last temple of the day.

I had time to enjoy Sun setting as well.

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The Shikoku Pilgrimage: Day 6 (1/2)

Starting my day with Japanese breakfast.


Hotel is just next to Uwajima Station.


The first temple is far from Hotel while driving, enjoyed a peaceful view.


No. Kanjizaiji (Kanjizai Temple)



My guardian, Senju-kannon (Thousand Armed Avalokiteshwara)


Kaeru (Frog) is a good luck charm in Japan because it sounds same as “Return”.

Happiness Returns, Wealth Returns, Illness Reurns


No. 39 Enkoji (Enko Temple)



Water is good for curing eye illness. 

Tap/rub some water around your eyes.


Further drove down to the most Southern poont of Shikoku island.

This is Shimantogawa (Shimanto River), one of three purest rivers in Japan.


No. 38 Kongo Fukuji (Kongo Happiness Temple)


The garden is beautiful.


This point is the most Southern spot in Shikoku.



This is John Manjiro who is one of people That studied in the USA. 

He became a translator for Japan when Japan is opening isolation in the mid 1850.

I visited more temples today, but I need to go to bed now.

I will continue tomorrow, oyasuminasai

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The Shikoku Pilgrimage: Day 5

Ate breakfast quickly to start “Day 5”.


No. 48 Sairinji (Sairin Temple)

Arrived the temple at 7:20 am.

I felt good because air is fresh and nobody was at the temple, quiet and peaceful.



There is an Enmado (Temple Hall Dedicated to Enma (Yama)).

This is very practical, I prayed for three together!

Left: Dainichinyorai (Mahavairocana), Center: Kobo Daishi, Right: Fudomyo-oh (Acala Naatha).


This Jizo (Ksitigarbha) brings happiness!


No. 47 Yasakaji (Yasaka Temple)

The ceiling of gate is beautiful.




At this hall, I walked through Hell and Heaven; I want to go to heaven….


At outside of the temple, Fudomyo-oh, await us.

When I find a string like this, I should hold it because God is holding the other end; I’ll be connected!!!


No. 46 Joruriji (Joruri Temple)


These are Buddha’s foot prints.

I took off my shoes and stepped on them with my feet! 


No. 45 Iwayaji (Iwaya Temple)

This temple is tough one.

Climbed up a steep slope for 20 mins, but scenery is nice and so refleshing!




Many Gods greeted me, encouraging!



Finally, I arrived!


On the way back, I noticed I missed many Gods on the way up.

Entered a cave (there is no light inside; need to use a candle) to meet Fudomyo-oh.


Fudomyo-oh on the mountain.


Lunch time!!!

I learned that Shikoku people eat large portion.

I shared this one set of soba and katsudon (fried breaded pork with egg) with Mom.
One portion lunch is enough for two adults!

No. 44 Daihoji (Daiho Temple)




I forgot to take a photo of gate because I was busy looking at a rainbow fuda (wish paper).

Wow, to get qualified to use this rainbow coloured wish paper, a person needs to conduct the Shikoku Pilgrimage (again, one Pilgrimage requires to visit 88 temples) 100 times and more!!!


I quickly took a photo of the gate from a car. hahaha


No. 43 Meisekiji (Meiseki Temple)



There are many cute animals on the ceiling!


No. 42 Butsumokuji (Butsumoku Temple)



No. 41 Ryukoji (Ryuko Temple)

The last temple of the day.

Today, we finished early because it will take an hour by car to reach next temple.



Checked in at Hotel Clement Uwajima.



Enjoyed local food for dinner.


40 more temples…Oyasuminasai 

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The Shikoku Pilgrimage: Day 4 (Hotel)

App keeps on crushing…why…?

I want to amend my blog, but I keep on failing….

I notice many spelling and grammar mistakes and sorry about it.

Hopefully, you still enjoy my blog.

The system crushed again; therefore I couldn’t finish today’s blog.

Tonight, I checked in at Matsuyama Tokyu Rei Hotel.


This hotel is nicely located near to the shopping arcade area: Okaido.


I could easy walk to a nice local food restaurant: Nagasaka.

I’m full and tired…Oyasuminasai