2016年01月03日

'Yamadera' Buddhist temple in Yamagata City is known by a famous 'haiku' poem composed by 'Matsuo Basho'.

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It takes a while from 'konpon-chudo' seminary for the Buddhist priesthood which was rebuilt in 1356, to 'sanmon' main gateway.
*konpon-chudo is shown in the first picture.
Long and steep 800 stone stairs lead up to 'okunoin' innermost sanctuary, and variety of Buddhist buildings, large and small, are found on the way as shown in the second picture. Half way to the okunoin, there stands a memorial stone near big vertical crags, where Matsuo Basho composed the very well-known haiku in the 17th century, that is 'Up here, a stillness...the sound of the cicadas...seeps into the crags'.
Together with other three old Buddhist temples in 'Tohoku' district, this temple forms 'Sijikairo' pilgrimage site.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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