Surrounded by a moat, the precincts of the Banna-ji temple are larger than I expected, but there are not many spaces between the buildings. There are many vacant lots. In such areas, there are parking lots and parks.
The park in the precincts is not a calm place for strolling or contemplation. It was a nondescript children's playground, with a variety of old-fashioned playground equipment and an atmosphere that did not feel like the precincts of a Buddhist temple with a main hall designated as a national treasure.
As I entered the park, there were few children playing around. Buddhist temples often have kindergartens or nursery schools attached to them, and Ashikaga Temple also has an Ashikaga kindergarten established in 1901 by the 42nd head priest, but this time of the day did not seem to be the time for children to play outside in the park. The park was deserted.
Among the playground equipment, there was a long, thin stick-like object. It looked like a chikuwa with a hole in the middle. I squatted down on the edge and looked at the other side, and saw a boy playing in one of the few parks beyond it.
|Oct 2021 IN THE CITY TOCHIGI|
|ASHIKAGA BOY PARK TEMPLE|
October 11, 2021
January 31, 2023
SONY ALPHA 7R II
ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF