Friday, September 30, 2011

Haguro-san

In Japan, shrines are Shinto and temples are Buddhist. While Zuigan-ji is thoroughly let's zen (rinzai sect - same as the much posted about Zuisenji in Kamakura) the templey shrine on Haguro-san was built at the time when someone influential decided that Shinto gods were cool for Buddhists too. Later on the templey shrines and shriny temples were re-segregated, so I suppose that the shrine on Haguro-san is now officially Shinto. It still has a flavour of Buddhism about it - most obviously in the Shojin-ryori-ish nature of the food served at the hostel.

Breakfast...

Breakfast at Haguro-san

is followed by a walk round the shrine. 

The main building...
Haguro-san shrine/temple

...is quite grand
Haguro-san shrine/temple

A side shrine...
Haguro-san shrine/temple

Then off into the forest...
Haguro-san shrine/temple tori

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