Wako-ji Buddhist Temple and pomegranates in Osaka, Japan photographs by Sydney Solis. The haibun Pomegranates has been published in MacQueen’s McQuinterly Arts and Literary Journal. The haibun was inspired by this place and its pomegranates.
Nagasaki Kunchi 長崎くんち Dragon Dance Ja-Odori rehearsal.
熊野古道 Kumano Kodō: Nachi Taisha Shinto Shrine and 青岸渡寺 Seiganto-ji Buddhist Temple
Mirrors 鏡, kagami, have a magical element to them in Japan. You see them everywhere at Shinto as well as Buddhist Shrines.
An 850-year-old Goshinboku, sacred camphor tree, at Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan greets pilgrims walking the Kumano Kodo.
Sensei and I continue our pilgrimage on the Kumano Kodō and arrive at Kumano Hatayama Taisha Shinto Shrine in Shingu, Japan.
Photograph of Zen priest at Umeda Station by Sydney Solis.
The Oyunohara (大斎原) Otorii Gate, the largest of the Kumano Kodo sanzan. Before 1889, 熊野古道, Kumano Kodō pilgrims arriving at Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine visited its original site of Oyunohara 大斎原, an island located at the fork of the Iwata River and the Otonashi River in Tanabe, Wakayama. Instead of Misogi, 禊 a Japanese Shinto practice of … Continue reading 熊野古道, Kumano Kodō: Oyunohara 大斎原
Walking the Kumano Kodo beings at 熊野本宮大社, Kumano Hongū Taisha. It serves as the head shrine of more than 3,000 Kumano shrines across Japan and is part of the san-zen - three famous shrines that cover the route. Hongu Taisha enshrines its own deity and the deities of the other two Kumano shrines, Hayatama Taisha, Nachi Taisha, as well asthe sun goddess Amaterasu.
The divine messenger of the sun, the crow, is exemplified in Yatagarasu, the three-legged crow in Japanese mythology. With photos and haiku by Sydney Solis.