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Hasedera Temple

Japan has thousands of temples to visit, and some have ancient historical significance. Although the city of Kyoto is often seen as the must-visit city for temple sightseeing, there are many temples dotted around the country that are worth making a detour for.

One such temple is the one introduced here by Japanese teacher Izumi Yanaka. It is a temple that can be visited any time of year since it has seasonal beauty all year round. But in this rainy season in Japan, it has a special attraction specific to this period.

Read the blog and learn some new Kanji and Japanese expressions. You can watch the YouTube video and look at the pictures to get a good idea of the views to expect at this beautiful Japanese sightseeing spot.

Kamakura's Hasedera Temple















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鎌倉長谷寺(かまくら はせでら)







Kamakura's Hasedera Temple

 Every year when the hydrangea season comes along, I visit the Hasedera temple in Kamakura. This year marks 1300 years since principle image of the Kannon,( the Buddhist deity of compassion) was erected so you can see the whole statue of the Kannon deity which you can not usually see, and every day you can worship it by touching its feet. Normally, you can only touch these feet once a year, on December 18th only, so this is really special.

 Today, I will present the walking course to you.

 There are many hydrangeas planted on the slopes of the mountain within the grounds, and the rainy season is the time when you can see these hydrangeas in full bloom. On the way along the hydrangea path, you can stop to pray at some cute Jizou statues and this soothes the mind. At the end of the walk, you face a viewing platform, and from there you can see a sweeping view of Sagami Bay. The view is wonderful.

 And from there you descend to the place where Daikoku Sama (the god of wealth) and Benten Sama (the goddess of arts and wisdom) are enshrined. Daikoku Sama looks so plump and jolly, you also find yourself smiling naturally. Next to the Benten Sama hall, you come to the Benten Caves which are, as the name says, caves in which you can walk and it feels cool and comfortable. And there is one more thing that you come across is a Jizou statue called the 'Nagomi Jizou'. It is a large Jizou statue which when you look into its face, you feel happy. Now, in order to prevent the Coronavirus or for some reason, it is wearing a mask. I felt that the mask on the Jizou statue was a bit of a shame but I guess it can't be helped. When we are able to travel freely, please come and visit here during the hydrangea season. Other than hydrangea, there are many flowering trees like Sakura cherry blossom trees, and red maple trees so you can enjoy it here during any season. I recommend this place as a place to quieten your mind.

(ご)本尊(ほんぞん)     the principal image

造立(ぞうりゅう)            erecting (temple, Buddhist statue, etc.)

全身像(ぜんしんぞう)    full-length portrait or statue

散策(さんさく)               walking

心(こころ)が和(なご)む  to feel relaxed; to be soothed

見晴台(みはらだしだい) viewing platform; viewpoint

一望(いちぼう)             one sweep (of the eye); sweeping view;

福々(ふくぶく)しい         (plump and) happy-looking

笑(え)みが浮(う)かぶ   smile

洞窟(どうくつ)               cave

ひんやりする                 cool; chilly

お目(め)にかかる         meet


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