Combine three trails into an epic day-long hike around the city
At the end of the Daibutsu-Kuzuharaoka hiking trail, in Kita-Kamakura, sits Jochi-ji, temple number 31 of the Kamakura Thirty-Three Kannon Pilgrimage. Not far down the road is Tokei-ji, temple number 32. In Japan, Thirty-Three Kannon pilgrimages are fairly common. According to Kamakura City's webpage on its Kannon-sama pilgrimage, the first Thirty-Three Kannon pilgrimage — the … Continue reading Kannon-sama Pilgrimage: Jochi-ji and Tokei-ji
Temples and shrines are full of little nooks and crannies housing statues large and small. This one, at Jochi-ji, is home to a small statue of Kannon, the goddess of compassion and mercy.
The entrance to Jochi-ji is enchanting. Towering trees, stone steps, and this little bridge. In fact, I think the entrance is my favourite thing about Jochi Temple.
Okay, so I'm not sure if this is a mother and child, but it sure looks like it. I love finding images and sculptures like this. It just seems so right (though some father and child sculptures would be nice to see, too!).
Tanuki statues are usually fairly cute, but this one is the thing of nightmares. A wild animal native to Japan, tanuki are called raccoon dogs in English, (though they're not related to raccoons). In Japanese folklore, they're mischevious shape-shifters. Statues of them are all over the place, but the ones in this post are from … Continue reading Tanuki of Nightmares
Need some happiness? Cheer? General pleasantness in life? Just give Hotei sama's belly a rub, and all will come up rosy. Hotei sama is in the cemetery area of Jochi-ji, a temple in Kita-Kamakura. Yesterday's persimmon photos were also from Jochi-ji.