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A Family Shrine

Note: This selection of Words-and-Pictures was made on November 6, 2001, as I visited Japan's Shikoku Pilgrimage.

I encountered this small shrine on my way from Unpenji (#66, and home of the 500 rakkan) to Daikoji (#67) on Shikoku's famous 88 Temple Pilgrimage; it is near the latter temple. You can read more about that day in my Logbook.

Near the end of this small cemetery is something that looks like a bus shelter, nearly falling over.

Here you can make out one of the props behind it to keep it from falling backward completely.

This side has a small lean-to attached.

Inside is a fine stone pedestal with a Jizo on top. It appears that the building was built around this. There are benches on either side (like a bus shelter again) and some gardening storage--tools, a trash can, etc.

My sole justification for calling this a "family" shrine is these two pictures. In fact, it's probably just a shrine; the pictures are only part of its purpose. At the next temple, Number 67, I saw a man open a photo album and hold it up facing the Daishido as his tour group chanted; pictures of dead relatives?

I'd love to buy some old photos like these before I leave Japan. These were there for the taking, of course, but I wouldn't want to suffer the bad mojo that would come with stealing such a thing!

Posted October 15, 2019

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