The theme for today's Blog Linky Party is from a country you have visited or a favourite place in your country that you have visited. That's quite a mouthful, so I am choosing Japan and specifically, a place in my own city.
Tsuruoka is known as the gateway to the Dewa-Sanzen, three sacred mountains. The Three Sacred Mountains are Mt. Haguro, Mt. Gassan and Mt. Yudono. Mount Haguro is within Tsururoka city and is a very special place.
There is a pagoda on the Mountain that was built hundreds of years ago out of wood, without using nails. It has burned down on occasion or been otherwise damaged, but has always been rebuilt. To visit the pagoda, you must climb down many stone steps and walk through gorgeous woods. Walking through the woods is magical. The area is special and peaceful and incredibly beautiful.
|The man with the shell is a Yamabushi, or mountain priest. I sometimes see them|
walking through my city!
This is the Gojū-tō, or five storied pagoda on Mt. Haguro.
A night view.
This is the best view of the pagoda that I could find in postcards. It doesn't do it justice.
For people in great physical condition, or pilgrims, the next step is to walk up the 2000 odd steps to the top of the mountain to the shrine. I have never done that. What I do instead is climb back up the steps to the road and have my husband drive us to the top of the mountain!
The shrine at the top is also quite beautiful, but I'll save that for another day!
Thank you for joining me on my too brief look at the Mt. Haguro Pagoda. Please visit the other members of the Blog Linky Party to see what they are showing off today.