You may have heard that I started a YouTube channel. I still have a long way to get before being able to make good videos, but I’m learning. As I can’t go to the islands these days (and it’s also a friendly reminder if you live in Japan, please, don’t […]
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.
As you may already know, when you do the Shikoku Pilgrimage, one of the “traditions” is to have a book with you (or sometimes even a large scroll) that you get signed by a beautiful calligraphy of the temple’s name at each temple where you stop. This is […]
No, those aren’t mine. They are the backpack and the hat of a Henro Pilgrim who was resting in Zentsū-ji. I’m just seizing the occasion to inform that I returned safely back home (in Takamatsu) from home (in France), that I almost recovered from the jetlag, as well […]
Just a quick note to wish you a very Happy New Year 2014. I’m still in France so, no Hatsumode for me this year (but to be honest, I don’t exactly miss it, I like my shrines and temples empty rather than overcrowded). On the side note, I’ll […]
While I mention Kōbō-Daishi quite often, I never talked in detail about him. And as this post will mostly be about the ceremony I attended last June in Zentsu-ji for his birthday, maybe now is a good time to tell you a little bit about his life. I obviously won’t write a […]
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 […]