JAPAN 88 TEMPLE PILGRIMAGE DAY 3

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Approaching the top of mountain and Shosan-ji was a statue of Fudomyoo, a strong protective god. Also known as Acala in Tibet and Nepal.

One of the tougher days. Up 1500 meters(4900 feet) and down 1500 meters while walking 36 kilometers (22 miles).

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Only made it to one Temple today, #12, Shosanji but a special place being at the top of a mountain.

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Gate to Shosan-ji

And the first of many mountain temples on the journey.

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Steps to the main temple at Shosan-ji with Mika waiting at the top.

There we enjoyed an osettai gift of rice balls, with seaweed and plum.

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After such a long ascent the downhill was brutal on the knees. We passed through a village with cute figurines all around. I like them.

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5 strange but cute figurines.

I was a bit wobbly arriving at our Minshuku but was quickly revived after a long hot soak.

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A nice gift of green tea was given to us by the owner of the inn(Ryokan) with a beautiful hand written note and a very kind message about our stay.

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Kukai encouraging us to continue on this tough ascent.

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Laying Buddha near top of mountain

 

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This statue of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy, next to Acala, is reminiscient of all the statues of Mary and the Baby Jesus on the Camino

 

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Kukai, “You can do it.”
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Jixo Bosatsu, god of nature and infants, who is everywhere on the trail through the mountain today.

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Breakfast of seaweed, egg, pickled veggies, radish.and soupl

 

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Best dinner yet; tempura, raw shrimp, thin noodle soup, marinated imitation crab, Hot Pot with Chicken, mushrooms, fried tofu, and onions as well as marinated cucumber and seaweed and radishes. Ans some great sashimi.

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