I can’t believe I never posted anything about Yashima-ji on this blog. It’s time to change this. What about, right now?
So, Yashima-ji is located on the Yashima plateau, in the north-east of Takamatsu, and it is the 84th temple of the Shikoku Pilgrimage.
It is said to have been founded in 754 by Ganjin and was later converted to Shingon Buddhism by Kōbō-Daishi.
It’s a personal favorite of mine, not only because it’s the closest temple of the pilgrimage from my house (although it may be a toss-up with Ichinomiya-ji) but mostly because it is very beautiful and the view from the top of Yashima is simply stunning (hint: the header image, yes, just above those lines, was taken from Yashima).
I’ll give you more details about Yashima-ji sooner or later, but in the meantime, here are some pictures and a short video dating from last year (don’t worry, it hasn’t changed since):
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Those same pilgrims chanting the Heart Sutra.
In case you’re wondering what are those sorts of stickers that can be found at the entrance of many temples, they’re called Senjafuda, and they are little pieces of paper with – most of the time – somebody’s name and they are used to “commemorate” the fact that this person visited the temple.
In other words, they are some sorts of paper graffitis, although they are allowed and were even encouraged at some point in the past (one can/could? even buy Senjafuda with the most common names near the entrance of temples. Some of them are very old, possibly a few centuries (I seriously doubt this is the case of the blue one though).
Yashima-ji’s Hondō (the temple’s main building) was built in 1618 and it is an Important Cultural Property.
That’s all for today, but don’t worry, if you’re interested in Yashima-ji, there is more to come on the blog.
Yes, very interested and looking forward to hearing a lot more 🙂
Actually, I don’t have much more to tell about it (at least right now, the details about the temple being scarce in English), but I have much more to show. 🙂
People often leave photos of the loved ones they’re praying for at shrines in Ireland, or a small piece of material from their clothing or medallions. You have to hope that their faith brought them the happy outcome they were wishing for their friends and relatives.
I don’t think people do that much in Japan.
But most Japanese houses have personal shrines in the house for your family.