DAY 8 高知/土佐 修行的道場 -3- Kochi Prefecture
Even if we didn't request, the Minshuku Kagami owner still prepared breakfast for us! She said this was her Osettai.Thanks for her kindness, I have energy for keeping going. Temple 28 is the third one named "Dainichi-ji (#28 大日寺)" in Shikoku Pilgrimage, also the first one in Kochi Prefecture. There is one Henro Shop in the hillside of Dainichi-ji (#28), I never missed this kind of store, after then I found the very unique Sedge Hut, is black and waterproof one, looks cool! (Later, I also found other special Sedge Hut in another shop nearby Konkubun-ji (#29 國分寺))
Kokubun-ji (#29 國分寺) is surrounded by fields, made me think of Byodo-ji (#22 平等寺), I bought one Henro Note at Henro Shop here, the note contained the contact information and price of lodgings, it mentions the brief introduction of each 88 temple, too. This Henro Note is useful for me, but it almost written in Japanese Kanji, would be difficult for other foreigners.
Kokubun-ji (#29) has very unique garden, was filled with flowers which were in full bloom. There even covered those flowers by umbrella as a shelter. It seemed that held a religious ceremony when I visited. Life was colourful here. The Main Hall of roof made me impressed pretty much, the roof looked like ancient Japanese style, I just remember some course which I studied in my university. Suddenly a Japanese lady came to me and explained the story of this temple in passion, but I was sorry that I couldn't understand what she talked to me. I always regretted I didn't study Japanese well in this moment.
Chikurin-ji (#31 竹林寺) was the temple we needed to climb on foot. Like its name, the track is full of bamboo forest. Mosquitoes in here was pretty pretty terrible on the way! They liked chasing me as a legion behind my neck! I walked so fast for getting rid of mosquitoes, at least we arrived at the Chikurin-ji (#31) safely. The roof style is similar with Kokubun-ji (#29), but the garden is totally in different style. The moss is decorated this garden instead of green grass.
The Henro hut of Chikurin-ji (#31) was the most luxurious one I ever seen, I can buy postcards, here also built one smoking area even included WIFI ! We took a rest and had a lunch in this hut for one moment.
We finished our schedule in Zenjibu-ji (#32 禪師峰寺) today, you can see all the view of Tosa Bay (土佐灣) and Kochi City in Zenjibu-ji (#32). But the weather was cloudy now and went to change soon, it would rain tomorrow, I was a little upset for the news.
Thanks for Mr Nakagawa again he contacted with a Zenkoyado where was in Niita (仁井田) of Kochi City. The owner's name is Mr Yamaoka, a kind retired man, but he has to use machine assisted to talk to us. However, I felt he was a optimistic and very humor person. He always laughed when he talked to Mr Nakagawa in dinner table. Mr Yamaoka also cooked a meal for us, both of Mr Nakagawa and me felt so warm! (The meal was too plenty by the way~)
Mr Yamaoka asked what is my name, I wrote my name in Chinese word firstly then it is called "Shou-Kin" in Japanese pronounce. (Calling Chen-Hsin in Mandarin pronounce.) Mr Yamaoka said my name is spelled as the same word as his wife's name. Don't you think it is like a kind of destiny?
He could not speak too much word, so he wrote one book, which mentioned about why he wanna offer Zenkoyado for pilgrims and what he gained from Ohenro. I can't really understand what he wrote, even though here are some Japanese Kanji words. Nevertheless, I can feel his strong passion and positive attitude on life or everything. I recorded Mr Yamaoka's address, must write my greeting and appreciation to Mr Yamaoka while I back Taiwan.