Naritsan Shinshoji Temple

Trip Start May 20, 2010
Trip End Sep 09, 2010

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Flag of Japan  , Kanto,
Friday, May 21, 2010

This was our main destination for today and I really enjoyed the journey here. At the end of the narrow street that we were following, it opened up to the entrance gate of the temple. The temple stands on higher ground and as we explored the temple area found that we had walked up five different levels, each approached by a series of steep steps. Each level had “Halls” or “ Pagodas”, a total of seventeen buildings of different size,  erected at various times through history,  enshrining  images or portraits of saints of the Shingon Buddhist sect who were believed to bring relief from suffering and peace to the world through unity and harmony.

People purchase “Gomafuda” , wooden amulets, which have been placed over fire and they believe have been blessed by the spirit of Fudomyoo, the main deity of this Naritsan Temple. We observed one of the prayer services,“ Goma rite”, where followers pray for the fulfillment of their wishes and outside the temple were stands covered with these amulets, on which people had written their wishes whether for success in exams, a healthy baby, etc. The temple uses these donations to support the social needs of the community education, welfare and cultural needs.
It is all very centred on tradition. In need of Good News.

The temple includes all the buildings located on this site and was surrounded by gardens of which we saw only a very small corner. It was an exceptionally hot day, about 29 degrees, so it was very refreshing to walk through what felt almost like one of our rainforests at home, minus the tropical.

The day wasn't yet over. At about 10pm we left for their country house for the weekend. Naoto returns home from work in Tokyo  each night at about 8pm so whenever they can
they get away for the weekend. This second home is in  Shizuoka about 2 and a half hours drive to the west.

Being the first day,  my brain was swimming,  trying to take it all in so thank goodness for cameras as each picture is worth a thousand words.
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Anitta Kanowski on

Heipa Arjakatrina,
I'm pleased to read your head is swimming, mine is as well, reading your blog. The asians no matter what country there from seem to live and extend the day right into the night. I love the pictures - helps to get a feel for the place.
Rest well at night as you have three and a half months of a swimming brain.
Katrina is your head swimming or treading water? Love to hear your comments if Mum will let you. Bless you both Anitta

dad & Mum on

Take kee on thous deep steps !! Have good time and .------
Sain suru viestin ruosista Seppo Kaupin poika Veli Pekka pääsi taivaan kotiin

Shelley on

I'm very impressed! Technology indeed. It's very interesting and we'll follow your steps.....and...expect you'll be fit, fit, fit with all those steep staircases and up and down from the floor. Who needs aerobics? Love to you both.

dad on

Hyvää lentoa to Helsinki God's Blessing for your's trip

Kim and Kerry on

Five sleeps to go for lift off for us. In the final rush for all. Briefly looked at your photos and they all look great. You have mastered this blogging... well done!
Perhaps if we had more time, we could consider this, but it is not to be...
Love to you all and the family

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