Day 299: July 3, 2014
鎌倉Kamakura: An ancient city just south of Tokyo, once the capital of Japan in the late 12th century. Kamakura is home to its own, original culture, welcoming sunrise meditation and hillside hikes – which can be added to fresh mattcha ice cream and a meeting with Buddha as reasons to visit.
This iconic Daibutsu is arguably among the few images which have come to represent Japan in the world’s collective imagination. [Time]
This temple area serves as the final place of prayer along the Hundred Kannon Pilgrimage. Kannon is a popular form of Bosatsu (Bodhisattva) in Japanese Buddhism and is known as the “God (Goddess) of Mercy,” the Bodhisattva who helps the suffering in this world.
A notice at the entrance to the grounds reads,
“Stranger, whosoever thou art and whatsoever be thy creed, when thou enterest this sanctuary remember thou treadest upon ground hallowed by the worship of ages.
This is the Temple of Buddha and the gate of the eternal, and should therefore be entered with reverence.”
The Infinite Knot ∞ is a line without a beginning or end that radiates both calm and movement. In the Buddha’s hand gesture for meditation, it represents the idea that everything in this world is interconnected.
“Until only infinity remained of beauty”
― John Ashbery, Some Trees
Hope you’ll join me on these last few weeks exploring the true beauty that is Japan …