6/03/2006

060602 Shiraishi

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白石島 遍路 Shiraishi Henro



Click on the right lower corner of the map for enlargement.

On July 2/3 we finally managed to do part of this enchanting pilgrimage, thanks to the kind and generous guidance of Amy and Paul !

Take a good pair of walking shoes and be prepared for some steep climbs. But it is all very much worth the effort ... a true Shikoku pilgrimage en miniature that you can enjoy at your leisure (and according to your degree of fitness) thanks to the guides who know this terrain so well from their daily walks.

We walked about 4 hours on the first afternoon and 3 more the next morning, covering a bit less than half of the temples, since I am a slow climber ... but what amazing vistas on the way !

I won't tell more at this point, you have to walk it yourself to see where it leads you.

Rocks and more Rocks on the way ...




Magaibutsu Stone Carving in the harbour of Shiraishi
白石島の磨崖仏 不動明王

The Fudo Iwa, Rock like Fudo at the Temple Kairyu-Ji
海龍寺(開龍寺)の不動岩

The Heart Pond at the Temple Kairyu-Ji
海龍寺(開龍寺)の心の池

The Daruma Rock
森の中のだるま岩


Bow and say your prayers 88 times




Benten Island, waiting for the Sunset


And not to miss the great finale of the Pilgrimage,
the Mooooo Bar right on the sunset beach !



Take a good rest before boarding the Ferry at shortly after 3 in the afternoon! That leaves plenty of time for the way home.

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. My Photo Album of Shiraishi Island



.... Shiraishi Henro Haiku: The Pilgrim's Path
Gabi Greve .



Spring Buds and Autumn Leaves: a Shiraishi Haibun
by John Dougill


Spring Buds and Autumn Leaves is an illustrated essay sprinkled with haiku poems that tells of the seasonal cycle on Shiraishi Island in Japan's Inland Sea. Written from the perspective of a visitor, it begins in spring with the joy of discovery before passing from the heat of summer to autumn colours and the darkening days of December.

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Shiraishi Henro 2006, Part 1 :
Amy Chaves tells you the details !


Amy Chavez: Kobo Daishi Festival on Shiraishi Island

Amy Chavez: Contact via the Daily Moooo BLOG


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Shiraishi Island Pilgrimage - Kasaoka, Okayama

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日本語の案内  External LINK

白石島概要
瀬戸内海国立公園・笠岡諸島に浮かぶ白石島は、人口750人(2001年)、周囲12キロメートルの海と山に囲まれた自然豊かな島。
http://www.otafuku-inn.com/guide_shima/gaiyo.htm

開龍寺 (海龍寺)
弘法大師が唐から帰国する際(806年)、白石島に立ち寄り巨石(写真)の下で37日間の修行を行ったと伝えられています。島を去る時に1寸8分(約6cm)の尊像を刻み島へ残していったといいます。
http://www.otafuku-inn.com/guide_shima/temple.htm

仏舎利
昭和43年5月タイ国バンコック市の名刹ワットパクナム寺より、住職プラ・ラーチヤー・ウェティー師一行が来島し、仏舎利(お釈迦様のお骨の意)と1200年前の釈迦如来像を奉納したのが始まりです。
http://www.otafuku-inn.com/guide_shima/boo.htm

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2 comments:

Cow Lady said...

Gabi,

Thank you for the great pilgrimaging efforts! We hope you had as good a time as we did. Your photos are great!

sakuo said...

すごい所ですね。
歩きは苦手、でもGabiさんの説明を聞くと
行ってみたくなります。
非常に仏様の念力を感じる所ですね。
無事に帰られて何よりです。
やれやれ!

sakuo