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88 Temple Pilgrimage

Japan, Shikoku, Ishiteji Temple [More on http://wild-about-travel.com/2014/10/shikoku-different-taste-japan/]

Japan, Shikoku, Ishiteji Temple [More on http://wild-about-travel.com/2014/10/shikoku-different-taste-japan/]

Gokuraku-ji (極楽寺) is Temple 2 of the Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage.

Gokuraku-ji (極楽寺) is Temple 2 of the Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage.

Okunoin Cemetery, Koya-san, Shikoku, Japan.  First stop in the 88 temple pilgrimage.  The statues are Jizo Bodhisattva, the guardian of children (especially those who died before their parents).  Parents make hats and bibs for the Jizo in gratitude for his protection of the children's souls.

Okunoin Cemetery, Koya-san, Shikoku, Japan. First stop in the 88 temple pilgrimage. The statues are Jizo Bodhisattva, the guardian of children (especially those who died before their parents). Parents make hats and bibs for the Jizo in gratitude for his protection of the children's souls.

Dainichi-ji (大日寺) is Temple 13 of the Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage.

Dainichi-ji (大日寺) is Temple 13 of the Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage.

Tairyūji (太龍寺) is Temple 21 of the Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage.

Tairyūji (太龍寺) is Temple 21 of the Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage.

Shikoku pilgrimage summer 2013. Henro, as the pilgrims are called in Japanese, walking down the steps from a temple. They are wearing traditional white clothes - hakui is the jacket and oizuru is the vest. On their heads some are wearing the wooden hat called sugegasa. And of course as every pilgrim should, they are carrying the staff, kongozue.

Shikoku pilgrimage summer 2013. Henro, as the pilgrims are called in Japanese, walking down the steps from a temple. They are wearing traditional white clothes - hakui is the jacket and oizuru is the vest. On their heads some are wearing the wooden hat called sugegasa. And of course as every pilgrim should, they are carrying the staff, kongozue.

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