Tagged: Buddha

Ryozen-ji, Shikoku Pilgrimage’s First Temple

  Today, we’re leaving the Setouchi area a little bit. We’re even leaving Kagawa Prefecture to head to its neighbor in the South East of Shikoku, namely Tokushima Prefecture. More precisely, we’re going to the city of Naruto where our destination of the day is. I’m...

Hōnen-ji’s Dying Buddha

  I sometimes call Hōnen-ji “Takamatsu’s best kept secret”. The temple, located in Busshōzan (Takamatsu’s historical district), is not famous, doesn’t usually get many visitors and they’re definitely not tourists for the most part. And honestly, from the outside, while it’s quite enjoyable, it doesn’t...

Happy New Year 2014

    Just a quick note to wish you a very Happy New Year 2014. I’m still in France so, no Hatsumode for me this year (but to be honest, I don’t exactly miss it, I like my shrines and temples empty rather than overcrowded)....

Sento-kun, Nara’s Mascot

Sento-kun, Nara’s Mascot

    Maybe you know Sento-kun, maybe you don’t. He is Nara‘s official mascot and has been since 2010 as part of the celebrations for the city’s 1,300 anniversary. This mascot is a bit controversial. Usually, Japanese mascots are all about cuteness, and that’s the...

Buddha in Takamatsu

    Well, to be honest, I’m not 100% sure it’s Buddha, it could as well be Kannon, my knowledge of the Buddhist pantheon is very more than incomplete. In any case, what I’m sure is that this statue can be found in the Hōsen-ji in downtown Takamatsu....