熊野古道 Kumano Kodō – The Final Approach: Torii Gate at Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine

The Torii Gate approaching Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine on the Kumano Kodo, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan

硯 Suzuri Inkstone Made from Kumano Kodō Rock

Cobblestone steps ascending to Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine. Along the steep, cobblestone steps of the Kumano Kodō toward Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine, you will find some souvenir shops, including a Shodo shop. Since I am a Shodo fanatic and love all things associated with it - washi paper, haiku and more, the one souvenir I … Continue reading 硯 Suzuri Inkstone Made from Kumano Kodō Rock

熊野古道, Kumano Kodō: Oyunohara 大斎原

The Oyunohara (大斎原) Otorii Gate, the largest of the Kumano Kodo sanzan. Before 1889, 熊野古道, Kumano Kodō pilgrims arriving at Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine visited its original site of Oyunohara 大斎原, an island located at the fork of the Iwata River and the Otonashi River in Tanabe, Wakayama. Instead of Misogi, 禊 a Japanese Shinto practice of … Continue reading 熊野古道, Kumano Kodō: Oyunohara 大斎原

Walking the Kumano Kodō 熊野古道- Kumano Hongū Taisha 熊野本宮大社-

Walking the Kumano Kodo beings at 熊野本宮大社, Kumano Hongū Taisha. It serves as the head shrine of more than 3,000 Kumano shrines across Japan and is part of the san-zen - three famous shrines that cover the route. Hongu Taisha enshrines its own deity and the deities of the other two Kumano shrines, Hayatama Taisha, Nachi Taisha, as well asthe sun goddess Amaterasu.