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Waraji, the traditional shoes of pilgrims and travelers (temples 81,82,83)



The walk up to the Shiromineji (temple 81), called also the temple of the white peak,

was very beautiful. The temple is located on a mountain plateau called Goshiki-dai

(five-colored-grounds).   Shiromine (white peak), Kimine(yellow peak), Akamine

(red peak), Aomine (blue peak) and Kuromini (black peak).







Ishi-dōrō (stone lantern) on the way to Shiromineji



Like many other temples of the Shikoku-no-michi, Path of Shikoku, Kūkai originally

founded temple 81. One of the emperors of the Chrysanthemum throne, Emperor

Sutoku (12th century), has a mausoleum and memorial here. The memorial is called















Many temples and shrines have donation stones with the inscription of the donor’s

name – like the line of stone tablets along the stairs in the photo above.







The stone is a typical path marker.  In this case, the hand pointing to the left says

Negoroji (temple 82).  The hand pointing the right points in the direction of

Shiromineji (temple 81)


On the walk to Negoroji (temple 82), I met Ella, a French pilgrim.  We got along well

and spent the next couple of days together.







Ella admiring the spring blossoms



The middle of April was a great time to hike. Spring was everywhere. Wisterias, a

protected plant in the Kagawa prefecture, were starting to bloom.  Every year from

April 26 – May 5, the Wisteria Festival is celebrated in Kagawa.












Six feet tall Kujaku-Fuji (Peacock wisteria) with a small Shinto shrine



Negoroji (temple 82) is also located on the same mountain plateau, but on the blue

peak mountain Aomine.


At the entrance, two enormous straw sandals called Waraji are exhibited in front of

the temple gate. This is not unusual. The huge sandals are there to trick evil spirits

into staying out of the temple ground by making them believe that the shoes belong

to giant guardians of the temple. Little sandals are often attached to the wooden

fences of the gate. In the old days, these Waraji were the traditional shoes Japanese

pilgrims wore on their pilgrimage. They only lasted for 24 hours. Foot problems are

the most common problems on a walking pilgrimage.







Huge Waraji with little straw sandals attached







Vegetation in Negoroji 



Ichinomiyaji (temple 83), called the temple of the First Shrine, had two interesting








Two Ohenros reading the tablet inside the sculpture of a lotus bud –

the Heart Sutra, Ohenros chant at each temple









There was also a shrine dedicated to Yakushi Nyorai, the Healing Buddha.  During

Taiho Period (701-704 C.E.), Ichinomiya-ji (temple 83) was built connected with the

Tamura-jinja or Sanuki Ichinomiya (1st Shrine), and separated later, like many other

temples and shrines. The stone is probably a left over from this connection. It is told

that Kōbō Daishi built this shrine to warn people of the boiling sounds of the Hell

Kettle to wake up. If wrong-doing people put their heads in, the door shuts up and

catches them. Legend tells that one time an old woman with the name O-tane, Seed,

did not believe in it and tried to put her head in and was caught by her head hearing

the boiling sounds.  She repented the wrong doings, the door opened and let her

free.  She awakened. The story of the roaring sounds of fire might be rooted in the

volcanic activities in Japan.











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