A stone Budda statue quietly closed its eyes at the 88 sacred places on Shikoku at Ryuko-ji Temple in Suginami

88 sacred places on Shikoku at Ryuko-ji Temple
88 sacred places on Shikoku at Ryuko-ji Temple
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It must have been very difficult to go on a pilgrimage from Tokyo to Shikoku in the days when there was no transportation system. It would have been a difficult journey just to visit the 88 sacred sites in Shikoku, but to stand at the starting point of the pilgrimage, one would have to walk a longer distance than the pilgrim's route. I was worried that I would already be exhausted when the real work began.

Although people would love to go on a pilgrimage, the hurdle to going on a pilgrimage is incredibly high. Even if many people want to go on a pilgrimage, the number of those who can go is limited. This is where a change of mindset came in. If it is difficult to go there, why not have the pilgrims come to the area? It is my imagination, but this may have been the beginning of the "Osunabumi" Pilgrimage.

The "Osunabumi" is a variant of the pilgrimage in which sand is collected from each of the 88 sacred places on Shikoku Island, and the sand is considered to be the "fuda-sho" (place of worship). It is said that stepping on this "sand" while paying homage is the same as actually making the pilgrimage. The practice has become popular as a way to make a pilgrimage without having to travel to distant Shikoku, and by the Edo period (1603-1868), places were being built throughout Japan where visitors could step in the sand at the 88 sacred sites of the Shikoku region. Ryuko-ji Temple, which I came to on this day, also had such a sacred site for the 88 temples of Shikoku.

I am not sure if this sacred site is old or not. However, from the group of stone Buddha statues along the approach to the temple, it did not seem to be that old.

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12250

Shooting Date

Feb 2022

Posted On

April 29, 2022

Modified On

May 1, 2022

Place

Izumi, Tokyo

Genre

Still Life Photography

Camera

SONY ALPHA 7R II

Lens

ZEISS LOXIA 2/35

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