Shikoku Pilgrimage, Ehime Prefecture, Temples 40 -65

Coming to Ehime Prefecture, temple 40

It was rainy all day. However, I did not mind.  The rain was warm and soft and made the vegetation vivid green.






Temple area of Kanjizaiji (temple 40), first temple in Ehime Prefecture





Buddhas in a row splashed with water by a woman for good luck.



Dainichi Nyorai, the Cosmic Buddha (Dainichi, lit. “Great Sun”), serves as a patron for people born in the Zodiac Years of the Sheep and the Monkey. He is the center of Shingon Buddhism.



Binzuru (Pindola Bharadvaja), one of the four Arhats asked by Buddha to remain in the world to propagate Buddhism.  Each one was connected with one of the four compass directions.  He is depicted with extremely long eyebrows.  It is believed that he has curative powers.  Sick people rub the part of his body corresponding to their sick part to get cured.  He also  watches over the health of babies (this is the reason why he wears a bib).



Three playful frogs touched by a woman for good luck. The last three syllables of prosper in Japanese sounds the same as frog –kaeru. For example, oya-ko-mago sakaeru is the wish that parents and grandchildren prosper or byoki-ga hiki-kaero is the wish that sickness recedes.



Walking along Route 56



Stormy weather







Scenes like that were not unusual



Sometimes, the trash was picturesque



A tunnel only for pedestrians and bikers – very unusual



The tunnel was decorated by colourful  and humorous mosaics






A very picturesque Shintõ site



I stayed overnight in the Nishi-yūgyo Center, a little fishing village in Uwajima City. Not only were the owners extremely nice but also the food was delicious. In the photo above you see the  view out of my window to the Pacific Ocean. This area is famous for oyster culture and pearl harvesting.


The place I stayed in served delicious seafood

Born and raised in a village along the Danube in Austria, Traude Wild soon ventured out into the world. After a two-year program for tourism in Klesheim/Salzburg, she spent nearly a year in South Africa and Namibia. By returning back to Austria, she acquired a Master of Economics at the University of Vienna. After moving to the United States with her four children, she studied Art History at Arizona State University and stayed in the United States for fourteen years. Here, she was teaching Art History in several Universities like Webster University and University of Missouri-St. Louis. Now, she lives partially in Arizona and Vienna and works together with her husband for the University of South-Carolina, Moore School of business as Adjunct Professor organising and leading Study tours in Central Europe. She also teaches at the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna. Since 1999, she is practicing Zen meditation in the lineage of Katagiri Roshi. She loves to hike and to write and is a student of Natalie Goldberg. During her often many weeks long hikes she brings her awareness into the Here and Now, describing her experiences in an authentic way. She loves to walk pilgrimages. The longest hike so far was the 1,400 km long 88 Temple pilgrimage in Shikoku, Japan in 2016.

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