Osorezan Bodaji


In the very far north over Aomori is Mt. Osorezan (literally „Fear Mountain“), one of the 3 most sacred places in Japan, considered the entrance to afterlife – or hell. Here a temple was built – the Bodaji. Anybody wanting to further explore in depth the buddhist spirituality and superstition can find more infos here: https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3727.html as a starter (not to say that Christianity doesn’t have a lot to offer in this area as well…).

The old bridge to cross the river

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a bug and various figures greet you

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and the main entrance towards the main shrine

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The world is a turtle

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and the hidden dragon

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Everything is a very volcanic landscape with the intermixed colours as a interesting balance

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Sights are barren and colourful.

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The constant volcanic air keeps dragging down the wood and anything in its way

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It was a very interesting day for photography – sunshine, a bit of rain, not too warm, many clouds – so just the right mix.

In the foreground (among the stones) are the old bath houses (still in use – just for whom is the question – perhaps the monks)

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We couldn’t figure out the exact meaning of the site, but it seems like a very ritual place

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Archaic pillars

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Here the pilgrims put off their old shoes (mostly symbolically I assume)

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and donated to the gods

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View over the whole temple complex

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and again the volcanic fields

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Everything is built in a caldera and the old walls are very well visible.

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Being an old volcano (I assume still active – like almost everything in Japan) the colours show sulphur

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and money turns to fascinating colours after exposure to the volcanic air (mostly sulphuric acid I assume) – which gives some insights into the metal content of the money as well…

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Really amazing to see the copper parts erode away

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Colours in general in volcanic landscapes are fascinating

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And some life clings to the edges

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Where there is death, there is hope

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Stone can be so fascinating

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and again shows – this time at the other end

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Some lost or scattered objects

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and another view over the temple

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ghost houses

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and Japanese tourist groups

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a resting place at the lake…

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with a buddha image

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and the final gate

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with the final farewell to the temple

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Kategorien:Japan, Spirituality, Temples

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