Shikoku Summer 2005 Awaji

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Two short pilgrim trips to Shikoku

Our first trip took us down the Shimanami Kaido, the new route of the bridges along the islands of the Inland Sea toward Shikoku.

Look at this album whilst reading these short informations and then check the links to my haiku gallery.

The first stop was the temple Koomyoo-Boo 光明坊
.. online : Photos

Look at the Temple Treasures

The curled tree in the compound was most impressive. So was the stone pagoda.
See album Nr. 02 to 10.

the quest for truth
burns in my heart -
wide summer sky


Next a small Dragon Shrine in Imabari, Shikoku.
The reflections of seeweeds in the clear water were most impressive. And the Torii gate decorated with bamboo seemed to strech straight from earth or rather water to heaven .
Album Nr. 11 - 14.

summer sea -
even the sunshine sparkles
under water



On the way to Imabari in Kikuma, the Museum for Roof Tiles.
Album Nr. 15 - 21.
Daruma-gama, a Kiln My detailed description of this museum

fish under water -
the illusion of words
we think we know
Happiness and Haiku: Illusions with Fish


Next some temples of the Shikoku Pilgrim route.

Nr. 53, Enmyoo-Ji 延命寺
Album Nr. 22 and 23.

Nr. 52, Daisen-Ji 太山寺
Album Nr. 24 to 27.


Nr. 57, Eifuku-Ji 栄福寺
with nice roof tiles, Fudoo Myoo-oo, Jizo-Wheel, Bato Kannon (Horseheaded Kannon)
Album Nr. 28 - 36
Happiness and Haiku: Jizoo 地蔵

Horseheaded Kannon -
please share my headache!
too much sake ...

Happiness and Haiku: Horseheaded Kannon


Nr. 58 Senyuu-Ji, 仙遊寺 high up in the mountains and in pooring rain. The road winds like a zipper, you have to turn the car to go up the next zip... pretty scary with the sheer cliff walls of the mountain in the rain...
Album Nr. 37


Back down to the coast and to Kokubun-Ji, Nr. 59. 国分寺
Album Nr. 38 - 44

temple in summer -
the power of healing
in prayer and stone
Happiness and Haiku: Healing Power - Iyashi


In Imabari Town, the Temple Nr. 55, Nankoo-Boo 南光坊
This is a very busy temple area. Nearby is a Shinto shrine with a lovely bark roof.
Album Nr. 45 - 53.

Pilgrims in Shikoku , a kigo in the database.

On the way home on the first island a large gallery of stone masonry and sculpture.
Sekiraku. ストーンギャラリー  石楽
Album Nr. 54 - 63.

getting older -
even the gods
need glasses

Happiness and Haiku: Jizo getting Older

Amida Buddha -
you smile at life
you smile at death
Look at him here .


Next friday we were back on the road, first in Takamatsu for the antiques fair.
The latest aquisitions to the Daruma Museum are here.
.. New Aquisitions ..

Please go to the next album now to look at the photos.
ALBUM . Tokushima and Awaji

Temple Nr. 2, Gokuraku-Ji
Japanese HP 極楽寺
Album Nr. 01 - 18
There is a lot to see, old trees and new statues of Kobo Daishi.

Click on the photo to read more about 子授招福大師 Kosazuke Daishi.
See my pictures Nr. 04 - 09 for more details.

. Gokurakukji 極楽寺 Gokuraku-Ji . - Shikoku Henro 02

Ooasahiko Shrine Naruto
Album Nr. 19 - 36, including the German House, Deutsches Haus in Naruto.

Temple Nr. 1, Ryoozen-Ji 霊山寺 - Ryozen-Ji
Album Nr. 37 - 47.
All colorful Daruma: Photo Nr. 47

taking shelter
in the Buddha's light -
a dove in the morning

Off to Awajishima Island.
Kei no Matsubara, an incredible Beach Park with many tile decorations
Album Nr. 50 - 59

Temple of Takadaya Kahei with Fukurokuju
Choorin-Ji Temple 長林寺
Album Nr. 60 - 69.

graves of the unknown -
pilgrims faces faded
into stone

Henro Pilgrims 遍路と無縁仏

The Seven Gods of Good Luck in Awaji

The Wellness Park nearby with the Takadaya Museum.
Album Nr. 70 - 75

summer lake -
a black swan
watches a black sheep
Black Sheep 黒き羊

And now for some facts about

Takadaya Kahei 高田屋嘉兵衛

It could be said that Takadaya Kahei played the most prominent role in the development of Hakodate city. In 1769 Kahei was born on Awaji Island of Hyogo Prefecture near Osaka. In 1796、 at the age of 28、 he came to Hakodate. During his stay in Hakodate he made a fortune by running a marine transportation business and developing new fisheries. He returned to Awaji Island in 1818. Through his development of the fisheries in both islands of Kunashiri and、 Etorofu、 his name has been recorded as a pioneer in northern-seas fisheries. His distinguished services to charities are also well known.

The Takadaya family's golden age came in 1801 when Kahei 's younger brother Kinbei succeeded the family business. They borrowed fifty thousand tsubo (one tsubo is about 3.31㎡) of land in this neighborhood from the Tokugawa Shogunate and built a residence in one corner of the land. The residence had a floor space of no less than 220㎡ and a large garden comprised of an artificial hill、 a pond and precious stones. Many historical sites concerning Takadaya Kahei can be found in Hakodate city such as、 Kahei's bronze statue on Horai-street、 a piller marking the site of Takadaya's main shop in Omachi、 and the Takadaya family's tomb and Kahei's monument in the pricinct of Syomyoji-temple in Funami-cho.

The Wellness Park Goshiki with a vast expanse of greenery was built to commemorate a great achievement of a powerful merchant, Kahei Takadaya, native to Goshiki-cho. He was a wealthy merchant who started a shipping business and contributed to the prosperity of Hakodate. Also, he devoted himself to the establishment of friendly ties between Japan and Russia. "Nanohana Hall", a museum in memory of Kahei Takadaya, exhibits his great achievement as well as history and culture of Goshiki-cho.
Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities in the Park such as seven log houses and "Hamachidori" for staying overnight, "Yu-yu five" for taking a hot spring bath, a camp site, tennis courts, "GO GO DOME", an all-weather gymnagium, and "Yume Kobo", hands-on experience for cooking, pottery and flower arrangement.

Ryotaro Shiba (Shiba Ryootaroo) wrote a famous novel with the title "Rape Blossom Island" , which was the base for a TV feature about the life of Kahei.

. Ōshū Kaidō 奥州街道 Oshu Kaido Highway .
connecting Edo with the Mutsu Province in Tohoku,
and then further North up to Hakodate, Hokkaido


SHIKOKU HENRO . My Pilgrims Archives

Shikoku Daruma ... 四国のだるま張子 
Daruma Dolls from Shikoku


Awaji Island (淡路島, Awaji-shima)
is an island in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan, in the eastern part of the Seto Inland Sea between the islands of Honshū and Shikoku. The island has an area of 592.17 km².
As a transit between those two islands Awaji originally means "the road to Awa", the historic province bordering the Shikoku side of the Naruto Strait, now part of Tokushima Prefecture.
© More in the WIKIPEDIA !



Konu hito o Matsuho no ura no Yunagi ni
Yaku ya moshio no Mi mo kogare tsutsu

Like the salt sea-weed,
Burning in the evening calm.
On Matsuo's shore,
All my being is aflame,
Awaiting her who does not come.

97 - GonChunagon Sadaie 権中納言定家

. Ogura Hyakunin Isshu Poems 小倉百人一首 .

Matsuho no Ura 松帆の浦 Matsuho Bay


. Awashima Island (淡路島 Awashima)  

and the Shrine Awashima in Wakayama




Gabi Greve said...

Haiku Chaya at Iyadani-Ji Nr. 71

Shikoku Henro Pilgrims Archives
Gabi Greve

Gabi Greve said...

The time of Kahei Takadaya

In this time Hakodate thrived as the gateway to Ezo (Hokkaido) and enjoyed a strong connection with Edo (Tokyo).

Kahei Takadaya
Kahei Takadaya was born in 1769 in Motomura Tsushi (Goshiki-machi), Awajitsuna subprefecture, an island near Osaka. He moved to Hyogotsu (Hyogo Ward, Kobe) to become a sailor. In 1795, he constructed a ship named Shinetsu-maru with a displacement of 417 tons in Dewa (Yamagata and Akita Prefectures) and captained it.
The following year he opened trading stores with the name of Takadaya in Hyogotsu and Hakodate, and started selling goods he transported between Ezo and the Osaka area.

He also established a shipping route through the treacherous waters between Kunashir and Etorofu Islands (off the northeast coast of Hokkaido), and developed fisheries off the coast of Etorofu Island. In 1801, the Tokugawa Shogunate appointed him as a permanent skipper. Five years later, he was given rights to trade in Ezo goods (fur, salmon, kombu and so on) and became deeply involved in the Tokugawa government’s management of Ezo.
He established his good reputation by carrying out thorough quality control and he became a wealthy merchant in a short time. He made a great contribution to the development of agriculture, commerce and industry as well as the development of port and shipbuilding operations in Hakodate.

Toyoji Tsuzuki
Tsuzuki worked at Kahei Takadaya’s shipyard. When Commodore Mathew Perry visited Hakodate after the conclusion of the Treaty of Amity between the US and Japan in 1854, he was able to inspect Perry's ship. In 1857, he constructed the Hakodate-maru, based on Perry's ship's design which included then-modern features such as multiple masts. He went on to build as many as 15 ships all over the country. He is known as Japan's first western-style ship builder. The Hakodate-maru, Japan's first western style sailing ship, was restored to its original form and exhibited at the Seikan Exhibition in 1988. It is currently on display at Hakodate's Nishi (West) Pier.

Gabi Greve said...

Tamon-In 多聞院

Nr. 09 湯殿山 Yudonosan - 多聞院 - 波切不動尊 - Namikiri Fudo
Tamonin 多聞院 Tamon-In
and Takadaya Kahei