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Words-and-Pictures: Joshoji

Note: This selection of Words-and-Pictures was made on September 12, 2001, as I walked on the Old Tokaido.

Joshiji is in the city of Chigasaki, which lies between Fujisawa and Hiratsuka in Kanagawa Prefecture. These are Stations #6 and 7 respectively (from Tokyo) on the Old Tokaido Highway. You can read about my visit to Joshiji in my Logbook.

I was attracted at first by the gate...

...and the imposing figure outside. I later learned that this was Shinran, founder of Jodoshinshu, a reformed version of devotion to the Amida Buddha.

The hondo (main hall) is under reconstruction. It will be re-opened in October of 2002. The location itself is over 800 years old.

While the real hondo is closed, a worship hall is being used in this modern building.

Here is the interior of the hall where I prayed; it looks a lot like a modern evangelical church.

And here is the honzon (main image), Amida Nyorai.

This young man is a 28-year-old priest who patiently paused in his yard clean-up to answer my questions.

Although the hondo is closed, the rest of the grounds, such as this toro and shoro (lantern and bell tower) are quite beautiful.

Posted September 26, 2019

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