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Words-and-Pictures: Shouinji

(as seen on September 17th, 2001, on the Old Tokaido stage of the Aki Meguri)

Note: Shouinji is in Hara in Shizuoka Prefecture, which is Station #13 (from Tokyo) on the Old Tokaido Highway.  You can read about my visit to the grave of Hakuin in my Logbook.  You may also choose to start reading about my Tokaido journey at the beginning, or start at the top of my Aki Meguri pages.
 
First place of study, and the final resting place of Hakuin Zenji, one of Japan's great Zen-masters..
This is the front gate of this little jewel of a temple. The complex is an active Zen training center, with a lot of visitors going in and out on business.
The hondo, where your prayers were said.
Looking toward the meditation hall.
The interior of the meditation hall.
Many temples have mini-pilgrimage circuits.  These are part of 88 statues representing the 88 temples of Shikoku.
This enclosure contains the grave of Hakuin Zenji.
 
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