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Due South : Zentsuu-ji, Kagawa – The temple and around

Zentsuu-ji : The temple It’s relatively large, but I didn’t take many photos. I don’t remember why. If you are interested, visit the official website. There aren’t many photos in the English page, though. (Japanese page with map and link to the photos are here.) Quick history As I wrote in the previous post, the temple was built by a Buddhist monk, Kuukai, He was born in this area, and the name “Zentsuu” was taken from his father’s posthumous Buddhist name “Yoshimichi” (The same Kanji characters are used for “Zentsuu” and “Yoshimichi”).…

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Due south: Kotohira City in Kagawa

Konpira in Kagawa (5) Konpira city centre Konpira is the main sightseeing spot in Kotohira City, but there are some others to see. So, it’s nice to look around if you’ve got a time.   [Saya-bashi (Saya bridge)] There are no bridge columns.…

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Due south: Konpira Shrine in Kagawa – Part 4 –

Konpira in Kagawa (4) Konpira Shrine (4) [“Okusha” or “Oku no Yashiro” (Back shrine)] 583 steps to go from the main shrine to here. (1368 steps in total) “Okusha” is also known as “Izutama Jinjya”, Izutama shrine. This shrine was placed near “Ema-den” at first with a different name, but moved to the present location with a new name in 1905.…

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Due south: Konpira Shrine in Kagawa – Part 3 –

Konpira in Kagawa (3) Konpira Shrine (3) [Shoin (Library building)] To reach here, you must walk up nearly 500 steps in total. -Entrance to shoin- The original meaning of “shoin” was a room used as a sitting room as well as a library of the master, but since around 1600, it has referred to a whole building.…

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Due south: Konpira Shrine in Kagawa – Part 2 –

Konpira in Kagawa (2) Konpira-inu (Konpira dog) in Konpira Shrine Beside a copper torii near “mimaya” (stable for “shinme”. See this post), there is a statue of “Konpira-inu”. I mentioned a little bit about Konpira-inu in my dog post. In the Edo era, it was hard for common people to travel from the east of Japan including Edo (present Tokyo) to shrines or temples in the west like Konpira in Sanuki (present Kagawa).…

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Due south: Konpira Shrine in Kagawa – Part 1 –

First of all, Kagawa is a name of a prefecture in Japan and has nothing to do with a Japanese footballer Kagawa. Konpira in Kagawa -Dot in Okayama is approx. location of Okayama city. Dot in Kagawa is Kotohira city.- Konpira-guu or Kotohira-guu is one of the well-known shrines in Japan.…

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