Dainichji Temple is located deep into a mountain valley on the north side of the Yoshino Plain. In our Shikoku Pilgrimage this is the first taste of searching for a temple off the main roads.
Kōbō Daishi founded the temple and named it for the Dainichi Buddha. For the past thousand years, it has been repeatedly destroyed and reconstructed. In the 17th century the temple was rebuilt by a monk named Matsu. Hachisuka, the Daimyō of Awa Province, paid respect to, and worshipped at. There are 33 statues of Senju Kannon Bosatsu plus several other Japanese and Chinese historical figures in the corridor between the hondō and the daishidō.
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among stone curved faces
glimpse of monk’ s smile
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