Saturday, Sunday, Monday and three consecutive holidays, but at my age, I don’t get too excited. So, I played golf with my friends on Saturday, as usual.
I started early in the morning and didn’t mind the heat so much, but the back nine was rattled by the fierce heat and fatigue, which is the usual pattern.
On the way home, I went to a super public bath and got sweaty and went home. The next day was the Sunday Gyoshu meeting of the Tenpukai.
We were very busy this time because we had a special summer training session in five days. Nevertheless, by 3:00 p.m., we had finished most of the preparations and were ready for the day of the event.
On Monday, I decided to go out with my wife for the first time in a long time. As a matter of fact, since last spring, I have been visiting 13 Buddhist temples in Nara Prefecture (there are many national treasure statues of Buddha).
I made a plan to visit the shrine and went out in my spare time. Because I couldn’t take that time for the last three months, this time I decided to go around with a lot of enthusiasm.
We left our home just after 8:00. The first temple was Shin-Yakushiji Temple, which was very simple. However, the Buddha statues from the Tempyo period are amazing.
I was amazed at how the expression of the image changed greatly depending on the position of the viewer. Next is Nagatakeji Temple in Tenri.
It seems that the stone Buddha is well known here, but we had a long visit to Jizo-san on the way down. Finally, we didn’t go all the way up, we went all the way down.
(It was hot anyway). Then, we went to Sakurai City. After lunch, we went to Abe Monju-in Temple. This temple is said to be the birthplace of Seimei Abe.
It seems that they are getting on the Yin-Yang-Do boom and putting a lot of effort into it. In particular, I was surprised to see that they were soliciting donations of stone lanterns for 500,000 yen. Next is Obusa Kannonji Temple in Kashihara City.
This was a relatively small temple located in a dense residential area of the village, and it was in the middle of the Wind Bell Festival. The wind chimes hung in the precincts of the temple
It plays a cool tone in the midst of the midsummer. The atmosphere was indescribable, though it seemed to be even more so when it was evening and night.
It didn’t take long before I was on my way home. I was able to visit the temple smoothly and happily for the last day of the consecutive holidays without the traffic jam that I expected.
It was a refreshing day as usual.
I’m on a business trip to Tokyo tomorrow, returning home on Thursday night, and the next day I’ll be at the special summer training session of the Tenpukai for three days. It’s going to be a fulfilling week.