AWAJI / SHIKOKU

Taihouji, number 44 in the 88 temple trail. Kumakougen, Kochi

There is a trail of 88 temples that many pilgrims follow going around the island of Shikoku. So far I’ve been to this one. I believe it specialises in the protection of children and babies. There are lots of offerings to ‘Jizou’ . Its in a wild and lush mountain side. The proper pilgrims sometimes wear a traditional white outfit and pointy hat, and only travel by foot. (its a very long way). Other people, like my mother-in-law, travel by car to do sections of the trail at a time by foot. Other people just drive all the way, or do it in a jumbled order, but really, you shouldnt go anti-clockwise or you’ll raise the dead.

大宝寺

地蔵

 

地蔵

参道からお地蔵さんやお供え物が並んでいる。雨なのもあってか、すごいスピリチュアルな雰囲気に包まれていた。

大宝寺

心

This graffiti says ‘heart’ in Kanji.

水子地蔵

水子地蔵

Babies?

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子宝地蔵

Entrance gate with giant traditional woven flipflop.

巨大わらじ

大宝寺

Its a beautiful power nature and spiritual spot.