What a difference a day makes. It poured rain in buckets all night, by the sound outside my window. I thought today would be another rainy day. We planned a kind of rest day with taking the train and bus to Cape Ashizuri, the southern most tip of Shikoku.
To my surprise, the clouds were gone and there was blue sky at dawn.
We went to the morning prayer service, followed by breakfast.
At the Nakamura train station there was a picture map of the places to see in the area
The trains sometimes are very colourful. I tried to take a picture of the side of the train we took to Nakamura, the best I could.
A picture of our wonderful breakfast this morning. I must say the food has been superb.
Temple 38 is a beautiful temple with beautiful walkways and statues. At the entrance there is a large statue of a turtle.
Here are some pictures of the Temple buildings, statues and washing station.
On the way into the temple, in the gate there were granite tiles where you could write your name and message, for 1000 yen. We decided to do one in honour of our parents.
So our names will be forever enshrined at Temple 38.
We then took a walk to see the lighthouse. The views were exceptional with the sea waves hitting the rocks. At the start of the path we saw this sign, which we thought said beware of wild boars in the area.
The cliffs were amazing.
We stayed at Temple 38 lodging and as usual the food was great.
Tomorrow we will make our way back to Nakamura by bus and continue our walking to Temple 39 and 40.
One last photo of the huge sceptre outside of the Kobo Daishi temple 38 building. The story is while Kobo Daishi was in China he threw a sceptre into the ocean. He supposedly found the sceptre lodge into a tree, which determined where a Temple should be built. Many Temples have replicas of the sceptre and you can see statues where Kobo Daishi is holding one in his hand.
Thanks everyone for reading my blog and please forgive any typo mistakes. It is hard after a long day to focus my eyes on doing my blog entry. So I am trying my best, one day at a time. It is like when I tell Bob, don’t look up at all the steps you have to climb to get to the temple. Just concentrate on taking the next step. By concentrating on one step a time we will make it to the top.
4 thoughts on “Monday, October 17, 2016 – Temple 38 (Kongofukuji)”
All the photos are so beautiful Arnold,I like them all, look after your legs and feet, It’s a lot of walking enjoy your trip,love MOM.
Wonderful Arnie! Best blog so far…
Don’t give up…Good prayer for your parents…very special…
Sun shining in my windows this morning…
Greetings from Ottawa
Looks like you had a beautifully sunny day at Kongofukuji (#38). I arrived soaked through in 2011 and stayed in the temple lodging.
Nice photos !
Thank you again for all the photos. I’m glad you are enjoying the food. The only things I recognise on the breakfast is the egg and the rice ! Love from Liz x