On the way up, we made a stop to see the Oyaji Buddhist Temple. It is a sacred place where you can find a large image of the goddess Kannon. It was founded in 810. There was a tour bus stopped when we walked into the temple area. We are not allowed to video or take pictures in the temple, but as we were standing outside you could hear the chanting inside.
Isn't it interesting how the temple is built into the rock? Many of the Buddha images were carved into the stone. There was a huge image of the goddess Kannon. Check out the following pictures.
|Rock where the temple was built into.|
|A shrine in the crevice|
|One of the buddha images. Putting a bib on an image is common.|
|Images carved into the rock|
We also went to Matsushima. Matsushima is known for its beauty. There are a number of islands and the views are very pretty. There are shrines and temples on some of the islands, however because of the tsunami on March 11, 2011, some of the bridges were washed away.
|View of one of the bridges to the island.|
I did take more pictures, but there would be too many to put up on the blog, so feel free to go to www.flickr.com/photos/wlangelaar to view the other pictures.