Naritsan Shinshoji Temple
Trip Start May 20, 2010
48Trip End Sep 09, 2010
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This was our main destination for today and I really enjoyed the journey here. At the end of the narrow street that we were following, it opened up to the entrance gate of the temple. The temple stands on higher ground and as we explored the temple area found that we had walked up five different levels, each approached by a series of steep steps. Each level had “Halls” or “ Pagodas”, a total of seventeen buildings of different size, erected at various times through history, enshrining images or portraits of saints of the Shingon Buddhist sect who were believed to bring relief from suffering and peace to the world through unity and harmony.
People purchase “Gomafuda” , wooden amulets, which have been placed over fire and they believe have been blessed by the spirit of Fudomyoo, the main deity of this Naritsan Temple
It is all very centred on tradition. In need of Good News.
The temple includes all the buildings located on this site and was surrounded by gardens of which we saw only a very small corner. It was an exceptionally hot day, about 29 degrees, so it was very refreshing to walk through what felt almost like one of our rainforests at home, minus the tropical.
The day wasn't yet over. At about 10pm we left for their country house for the weekend. Naoto returns home from work in Tokyo each night at about 8pm so whenever they can
they get away for the weekend. This second home is in Shizuoka about 2 and a half hours drive to the west.
Being the first day, my brain was swimming, trying to take it all in so thank goodness for cameras as each picture is worth a thousand words.