Located in Zentsu-ji, the 75th and main temple of the Shikoku Pilgrimage, this pagoda is the very first one I’ve seen in my life. So, even though I’ve seen bigger, larger, older and more impressive ones since, it has a special importance to me.
Today, a few lines about Motoyama-ji, the Shikoku Pilgrimage’s 70th temple. But just a few lines, as you will see, my visit turned out a little differently than expected. Motoyama-ji is located in Mitoyo, right next to Kan’onji (both cities border each other) and I had meant to visit […]
I hadn’t been back to Honen-ji in quite a while, so I went a couple of weekends ago. Located in the Busshozan neighborhood, Honen-ji is one of the most beautiful temples in Takamatsu (possibly the most beautiful one), however it’s poorly known by the locals and pretty unknown by […]
I went to Kōfuku-ji in Nara, briefly during the Spring of 2010, and I can’t wait to return there. In the meantime three pictures of the place : The Gojū-no-tō, Kōfuku-ji’s five-story pagoda is 50 meters high, and probably one of the highest pagodas in Japan. It was destroyed (by […]
I visited Hōryū-ji about two years, under heavy rain. Yet, it remains one of the strongest impressions I’ve experienced among my various visits in Japan. Strangely, I have the feeling that Hōryū-ji is not that famous outside of Japan, or at least much less famous than many other temples. It […]
In the Okayama Prefecture countryside, near the town of Sōja, there is a quite interesting temple, interesting mostly due to its pagoda. It is called Bitchū Kokubunji. Before going any further, a few words of history and etymology. Bitchū (備中) is the former name of the western […]
Last June, on the 14th to be exact, I went to Zentsu-ji for the third time (but visited it only for the second time, remember, the first time around we didn’t stop more than a few minutes). This time we went for a very particular reason, as it was Kōbō-Daishi’s birthday. More […]