Close-up of Kannon image in main hall.
At this building within the Hasedera complex, visitors can purchase amulets (o-mamori) and various memorablia. Here too pilgrims can receive a large stamp for placement in their "stamp book" which documents their visits to many holy places.
The main hall at Hasedera commands a superb view of nearby hills that can be seen from various angles from the wooden balcony.
The ascending garden along the stairs is filled with gorgeous hydrangea (called "ajisai" in Japanese) in the summer.
The folks dressed in white are pilgrims to the temple who commonly carry a staff that symbolizes the eternal copresence of the founder of the Shingon School, the great ninth century saint Kobo Daishi (also known as Kukai). So real is his presence believed to be that written on the back of their white coats is 1ctwo of us, practicing together. 1d
All Buddhist temples in Japan have a bell that is usually covered by an elaborate roof. The bell is rung by a large log suspended by chains, and it resonates with a deep gong-like sound for many seconds.
A woman unrolls a scroll painting of the bodhisattva of compassion Kannon purchased at the temple. She will eventually fill the spaces surrounding the image of Kannon (white head visible just below large wood block) with inscriptions by temple priests from various temples she intends to visit in the future.
The main shrine at Hasedera is comprised of two buildings. To the left is a larger structure (cocrejpn0061) adjacent to which on the right is this smaller one.
Visible in the background is a small hill of Jizo statues, seen close up in photo 168.
I cannot recall what this shrine is for but it resembles others at Koyasan that embody the religious architectural conventions of Southeast Asia and so is likely dedicated to the many soldiers, Japanese and local, who lost their lives there during World War Two.
This is the interior of the Kobo Daishi Hall.
An alternative view of the main gate from a garden within the temple complex.
This meal includes, on the left tray: tofu made from sesame dressed in wasabi and soy sauce; tempura fried vegetables, noodles in broth and several kinds of pickle. On the right tray is: plate with tofu, pumpkin, lotus root and other vegetables; roasted eggplant basted with a light and a dark miso (fermented soy) paste; tiny mountain vegetables in a vinegar dressing with a dried plum; watermelon. The meal comes with plenty of rice and tea. Sake and beer are also available.
On what for many is the "return path" back from Okunoin, parallel to the main one and on which there are many newer grave sites, are a few like this one sponsored by a large company for its employees, whose pictures are placed within large memorial stones.
This family site is the only one I have seen in Okunoin that displays a likeness of the deceased.
This old shrine must have been dedicated to the ancestors of a family. It also has the torii entrance.
This is the view of the mausoleum from the near side of the Tamagawa bridge.
Between the Tamagawa and the mausoleum (on the left when facing the mausoleum) is this gated burial space reserved for members of Japan's Imperial family.
The guide (arms up in green shirt) leads a tour through the forest path enroute to Okunoin.