As I had expected from the map, it is a long way from Daruma-ji Temple in Takasaki to Jigen-in Temple, where there is a large statue of the Kannon (Goddess of Mercy). For a while after leaving Daruma-ji Temple, we followed an ordinary road along the Usui River, but after a while the road left the Usui River and went up a slope. But we were still far from our destination, the Takasaki Byakue Dai-Kannon (Stature of Avalokitesvara). The road was still hilly. As I climbed the slope, I was relieved that I had not rented a bicycle. It must have been very difficult to climb this long slope by bicycle.
After climbing up the hill, the residential area ended and a park-like landscape spread out around me. The road was lined with tall trees on both sides, giving it a secluded atmosphere, but the most important thing, the Takasaki Byakue Dai-Kannon, was nowhere to be seen. But the fact that it was nowhere to be seen meant that it was probably still too far away. As I continued on my way, the statue suddenly appeared. A statue of Avalokitesvara with a soft expression on its face appeared among the trees at the end of the road.
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