Temple 82: Negoro

Name: Negoro

Some Information: The name means, “Fragrant Root Temple” and the name is said to have inspired the name of Kagawa Prefecture. “Kagawa” has two characters “Ka” meaning “fragrant” and “kawa”, meaning “river”. The fragrance of Kagawa is said to come from here. This is the source.

Interesting Features: A favorite temple indeed. The walk through the forest is wonderful and then up a series of steps to an inner courtyard to find the temple is almost other-worldly. Once inside the interior, you will walk through corridors where the walls are packed with 10,000 images of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. You are very much on your own here. There are no temple staff to tell you what to do and where to stand. This beautiful oasis of culture and faith stands alone as a testament to the pilgrims who pass through here peacefully, upsetting nothing, coming only to see, learn, and experience.

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A short walk on the trail.
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Ohenro-san all over the place.
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Take a deep breath and start the climb.

 

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The stairs are uneven so be careful.
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Ohenro in prayer.

 

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Difficult to see, but the walls are lined with thousands of images of Kannon.
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Beautiful lanterns stand by.
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This tree is so lovely in winter, probably awesome in spring.

According to legend, there is a story of a devil who plagued the local people. This devil was in the shape of both an ox and a fox. He had the head of an ox and the body of a fox. A samurai by the name of Kurando Yamada shot the devil with an arrow and severed its head. The head was then brought to this temple. The creature was called “Ushi-oni” and believed to have power to combat evil.

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A miniature shrine for prayers for the sick and dying.
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The wall is filled with dusty children’s items and strings of thousands of paper cranes.

 

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This Zelkova tree is over a thousand  years old.

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Peaceful. Contemplative.
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Beauty found hanging from every corner.

 

Distance to the next temple is 11.9 kilometers.