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  • Thumbnail for View of the bathing statues from the Tamagawa bridge
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    View from Tamagawa bridge

    Across the bridge and down the path we can see visitors gathered at the foot of the stairs to Kobo Daishi's mausoleum.

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    Bathing statues in Okunoin

    Each of the deities in this line of Buddhist images receives water from the ladles of numerous visitors. They also receive an occasional cap and bib.

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    Close-up of bathing Jizo

    This is the same Jizo image as in photo 184.

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    Prayer strips in Tamagawa

    From the bridge over the Tamagawa stream that leads to Kobo Daishi's mausoleum one can see these wooden strips suspended above the stream so that the current washes across the bottom of the strips. On each strip is written the name of someone deceased, and the pure waters of this stream are said to purify their spirits wherever they may be in their afterlife journey.

  • Thumbnail for Corner view of Kobo Daishi's mausoleum
  • Thumbnail for Kobo Daishi's shrine
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    Manga

    An impressive selection of manga (comic books) at a book store in Hokkaido.

  • Thumbnail for Statue along path just before mausoleum
    Statue along path just before mausoleum

    This is the statue to the right of the path visible in cocrejpn0193.

  • Thumbnail for Row of bathing statues near Okunoin mausoleum
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    Mound of Buddha images

    The inscription on the stone pillar says that this mound is comprised of images dedicated to the spirits of people who died without anyone who directly cared for them. Such beings are called "muenbotoke," or "deceased ones without connections." So in addition to grave sites for familiar loved ones, some Japanese Buddhists have felt the need to erect memorials for those who were not fortunate enough to have someone to remember them when they died.

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    Tamagawa stream near mausoleum

    Another angle on the Tamagawa from closer to Kobo Daishi's mausoleum, this one gives a fine glimpse of the lovely blend of nature and culture manifested throughout the Okunoin forest.

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    Before Kobo Daishi's shrine

    The actual small shrine where Kobo Daishi's body was placed is behind the large mausoleum. These visitors stand between the mausoleum and the shrine while facing the shrine, which is to the right in this photo. The man in the white jacket is the guide, who tells them about the history of the shrine and instructs them how to pray, which they all subsequently do. In front of the shrine, there are always many fresh flowers donated by the faithful.

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    Bathing statues in Okunoin

    These are the same statues as in cocrejpn0182. The most visible is a standing Kannon, the bodhisattva of compassion. To the right is visible the Tamagawa stream, over which the bridge in the background takes visitors to Kobo Daishi's mausoleum.

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    Mound of Buddha images

    In front of the Jizo is an offering box in which faithful can place coins to be used to maintain various features of the Okunoin area.

  • Thumbnail for Stairs to Kobo Daishi's mausoleum
    Stairs to Kobo Daishi's mausoleum

    This is the view of the mausoleum from the near side of the Tamagawa bridge.

  • Thumbnail for Kannon and Jizo
    Kannon and Jizo

    This is the same statue as in cocrejpn0183.