(as seen on September 19th, 2001,
on the Old Tokaido stage of the Aki
Seikenji is in Okitsu in Shizuoka Prefecture, which is Station #17 (from Tokyo) on the
Old Tokaido Highway. You can read about my visit to
Seikenji in my Logbook. You may also choose to start reading about
journey at the beginning, or start at the top of my Aki
||Seikenji as it
appears from the Old Tokaido
|The main hall. Ieyasu's room was in
the back of this building.
||This tree is the same species as the
one under which the Buddha was sitting when he received
enlightenment. When we visited in 1998, I told Tomoko the
story, and we heard her parents laughing behind us. When
we asked what was funny, they told us that even though Tomoko's
grandfather and uncle were priests--her mother was born in a
temple--she was learning this story from a foreigner!
By the way, my juzu (prayer beads) are made from the
same kind of wood.
|The bell tower.
|The gentlemen below are part of Seikenji's Gohyakku
Rakkan, or 500 Disciples of the Buddha. This is a popular
exhibit at various temples. Purportedly
"faithful" likenesses of the historic Buddha's 500
disciples, the popular belief is that if you look closely, you
will find at least one that looks like someone you know. (Read
about a visit to a much newer set of the Rakkan, and an explanation of
the word "rakkan" itself, here.)