4/30/2005

Daisen 2005

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Mt. Daisen at Yonago, April 2005

Mt. Daisen, the Great Mountain, is the Fuji of Western Japan. Situated all by itself close to the Sea of Japan in a windy and snowy place.
We choose just the right day to visit this spring, driving up from the sea to the mighty hight of the Daisen Panorama Pass. We had visited the temple and shrine of Mt. Daisen 10 years ago, on our first trip to the area.

I wrote the following episode at that time, just 10 years from now:

When we were pregnant with the idea of buying an old farmhouse, a priest at Daisen Shrine told me to buy his Anzan Mamori, a talisman for easy birth.
“It is not only good for the birth of a child, but for anything new you start, a business or something. So try this one!”

And he was right: after just two months (very fast and seldom in this part of the traditional countryside) we bought our new home, Paradise Hermitage (GokuRakuAn) and have lived happily ever after with this new CHILD Venture!

This trip was a kind of "O-Rei Mairi", a visit as a thank you for a favour granted!






yama warau -
nature in splendor
of all seasons

Yama Warau
the mountains are smiling, in spring, with all trees coming back to life.

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bare branches
trying to reach you !
Mt. Daisen  大仙

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daisenbunasnow


footsteps of spring -
the beech trees slender
ready to run


haru no ashi-ato
the footsteps of spring.
You can really see and hear them in this forest.


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the great panorama -
moving through the seasons
at its own pace


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daisenbackground


yes, I am here ! !
spring talks to the mountain
through all the flowers



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folding my hands -
no words to express
the presence of this moment


大仙や ひとはちいさな ものとしる


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For the tourist:

Situated in the western part of Tottori, Mt. Daisen, chosen as one of the best one hundred mountains in Japan, is the generic term for a chain of mountains with Mt. Tsuru-ga-mine, 1,729 meters above sea level, as its highest peak. It belongs to Daisen-Oki National Park. It is the highest peak in the Chugoku region (the southwestern end of Japan's main island) and has historically been regarded and worshipped as a sacred mountain.

Severe cliffs stand out on the northern side of Mt. Daisen, but a view from the direction of Yonago reveals the elegance of a mountain also known as Hoki Fuji or Izumo Fuji.
Daisen-ji Temple on the mountain is an old temple established around the year 720 and Reiho-kaku Treasure Hall, Amida-do, O-gami-yama and Okumiya carry vestiges of holy ground. Towering cliffs on the eastern side of Daisen-ji Temple Hondo (the main inner temple) are called Kin-mon, the Golden Gate, and this is the best spot from which to see the north wall of Daisen.

The view from Kagikake-toge Pass is splendid (the last two pictures). You can enjoy a panoramic view of virgin beech and oak forests that change colors from spring green, dark summer green to glowing yellow in autumn. In the vicinity is a selection of facilities that make the most of Mt. Daisen's nature, such as a tourist blueberry farm, a dude farm where you can barbeque, field athletic facility, and a horseback riding center from which you can go for a long-distance ride into the open-air. You can ski in the winter, too.

http://www.asia-planet.net/japan/tottori.htm

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On the same day, we covered these haiku topics:

Beachflowers for Gabi

WIND and Bernd


Do not miss the album from the trip to
YONAGO Beach, Western Japan


My Daruma Story about Talismans.
http://www.amie.or.jp/daruma/Anzan%20-Daruma.html


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IZUMO KAIDO ... the Road to Izumo
. . . YONAGO



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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

大山は毎年行きますが、
大好きな山です。

新緑、秋に行きます。

H. Kurashiki

sakuo said...

この句が好きです。

大仙や ひとはちいさな ものとしる

自然を満喫されているご様子、羨ましいです。
私はパソコンの不調で一日格闘でした。
でも最後に直って、大仙に出会えて
幸せです。

sakuo