Thursday, November 24, 2005

Buddhist Caves 仏教の洞窟の跡

On Saturday, I went with Liz and Kira to Matsushima, an area of Sendai that was called one of Japan's three most beautiful places by the great poet Basho. To get there we rode a train, and I instantly felt like I was back in Tokyo, with the blue-striped JR train coming by ... just like the Keihin-Tohoku line.

Before going to Matsushima, however, we stopped at a place called Shiogama (salt pot). There, we went in search of a hill fort but found a huge shrine instead.

An amusing sign on the road to the shrine. It says "No throwing away cats! We are watching you!".

There was a holy horse near the main entrance of the shrine! Kira proceeded to feed it carrots. 聖馬が神社の中央口に居た!キラがにんじんを食べさせた。

A sign promoting Shichi-Go-San.

A creepy-looking lantern.

This picture turned out nice, didn't it? Kind of like a postcard. Very Japanese.

So eventually we left the shrine and took the ferry to Matsushima, which isn't one island but a bunch of small ones.

One island that we visited (there are bridges at the terminal port) had apparently been the site of a Buddhist temple. As such, there were lots of caves and ruins.

This particular cave is actually a well, which made an odd sound when I dropped a coin into it. Maybe there's a bell at the bottom?

The Light of Buddha.

These are pictures of the various statues and caves that make up the temple complex. 寺域で在る様々な石像と洞窟の写真だ。

Buddha's light shines on Liz.

The girls ponder the meaning of life.

The cliffs of the island.

Somebody stuffed daruma into this crack in the stone.

On our way back to the station we found another (lively) temple complex, but as it was getting late and there was an entrance fee we opted to do it another day.

Outside of Sendai Station there were a bunch of girls dancing! The weird thing is ... they were Japanese ... yet they could dance!

The day finished up with dinner at Sukiya and viewing a ganguro.

4 Comments 論評:

  • Ganguro....hehehehehe....
    Good thing she did not jump you or anything, while with the girls...
    may be the lights but hse doesn't seem too tan :p
    It could have been just another Christina Agilera wanna be fan...lol

    By Anonymous alex, at 11/24/2005 10:42 PM  

  • Alex, always with the incredibly insightful comments.

    Those caves are beautiful... were they a busy tourist attraction, or barren like the photos make it look?

    Also, is it getting colder? We've finally gotten an inch or so of snow today in St.Catharines.

    By Anonymous Chris, at 11/25/2005 5:05 AM  

  • Nope, she was ganguro man, supertan, I just couldn't get a good shot without her knowing. Although perhaps I should have just asked. "Wow, I thought cool girls like you were just in Tokyo! OMG kewl like cn I take ur pix?" as I slowly degenerate into AOL speak.

    And that island was deserted. A total of maybe 10 people came across the bridge, compared to the hundreds crowding around the souvenir shops just across the way. Another place for you all to come see.

    Not too cold. I wear a sweater under my coat though, but except on the really cold nights I don't need a hat.

    By Blogger 羽之助, at 11/25/2005 7:27 AM  

  • Dude stop bitching about my comments....
    they are topic starters :P
    yes, yes @_@;

    By Anonymous alex, at 11/25/2005 7:55 AM  

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