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Kamitonda Wakayama manhole cover(和歌山県上富田町のマンホール) by MRSY, via Flickr

Kamitonda Wakayama manhole cover(和歌山県上富田町のマンホール) by MRSY, via Flickr

This is Enmei-ji temple in Kawachinagano Osaka Prefecture.  Although I have been here many times I actually still know very little about its history.  From what I understand it is thought to have been founded by the famous monk Kobo Daishi (founder of Shingon Buddhism and sacred Koyasan) at the beginning of the 9th century.  He is believed to have carved a statue of Jizo which is one of the main objects of worship at Enmei-ji.  Jizo are the small statues with rounded features you often see…

This is Enmei-ji temple in Kawachinagano Osaka Prefecture. Although I have been here many times I actually still know very little about its history. From what I understand it is thought to have been founded by the famous monk Kobo Daishi (founder of Shingon Buddhism and sacred Koyasan) at the beginning of the 9th century. He is believed to have carved a statue of Jizo which is one of the main objects of worship at Enmei-ji. Jizo are the small statues with rounded features you often see…

Kamitonda Wakayama manhole cover(和歌山県上富田町のマンホール) by MRSY, via Flickr

Kamitonda Wakayama manhole cover(和歌山県上富田町のマンホール) by MRSY, via Flickr

Check out Nose Residence: Landscapes for Small Spaces: Japanese Courtyard Gardens, by Kats...

Check out Nose Residence: Landscapes for Small Spaces: Japanese Courtyard Gardens, by Kats.

A small karesansui (枯山水-"dry landscape garden”) at the Kongōbu-ji temple grounds (金剛峯寺) on Mount Kōya (高野山) in Wakayama-ken (和歌山県), Japan.

A small karesansui (枯山水-"dry landscape garden”) at the Kongōbu-ji temple grounds (金剛峯寺) on Mount Kōya (高野山) in Wakayama-ken (和歌山県), Japan.

This small semi-abandoned shrine known as Taimatsu-ya is just a short walk from Chihayaguchi Station in the far south of Osaka Prefecture.  It sits on a very quiet stretch of the Koya Kaido a pilgrimage trail running from Kyoto far in the north to sacred Mt. Koya in Wakayama Prefecture.  The route was originally made popular during the Heian Period between the 8th and 12th centuries when it was traversed mostly by Emperors and nobles. Eventually it became fashionable among the samurai and…

This small semi-abandoned shrine known as Taimatsu-ya is just a short walk from Chihayaguchi Station in the far south of Osaka Prefecture. It sits on a very quiet stretch of the Koya Kaido a pilgrimage trail running from Kyoto far in the north to sacred Mt. Koya in Wakayama Prefecture. The route was originally made popular during the Heian Period between the 8th and 12th centuries when it was traversed mostly by Emperors and nobles. Eventually it became fashionable among the samurai and…

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