|Red Lion's head to fight against evil spirits|
The trail was pretty muddy. And, there were several spots where the kids had to sit on their behinds to slide down. You can see the many people on the beginning of the trip...at the beginning of the hike we were surrounded by people who walked quietly and left a good space between hikers, so it wasn't too overwhelming. At one point we had a group of friends behind us that were right on my heels. The same girls who almost pushed Mackenzie off the edge of a cliff trying to get a picture of Mt Fuji. Thankfully, these girls, also the same girls who seemed annoyed at the beginning of the hike to see two kids tagging along, any who, these girls didn't join us on the second half of the trip. :D
|Pretty flimsy "bridge"|
Mackenzie really liked when the path narrowed because of the foliage on the sides. Me...not so much; because, she kept holding the stalks and then letting go so they would whack me in the face! Garytt, well, who knows what he thought. He abandoned me as soon as he saw Fusakosan.
I'm not quite sure how long we hiked before we found the red leaves. When I looked at a friend's pictures from this hike last year there was so much more red! Now, I'm not sure if that's because of editing, or if this place really turns totally red this time of year. I might have to go back in a week to see how much more red it gets. Of course, with continued breezes in excess of 20 mph, I might not have a chance.
|Mackenzie said this should have been called the Yellow Leaf Trail|
because the ground was covered in a yellow blanket of leaves.
Probably very pretty if it weren't for all the mud.
Back on the trail! Just up a few more stairs and around a corner, we came to where I think this trail runs into the Tenen Course. Off to our left was a bamboo forest. We took a right turn here, though.
From here, we walked through the city a bit before coming to Kosokuji Temple. Founded in 1274. According to the Temple literature: "It has been said that Priest Ippen, the founder of the Jishu sect, founded the temple. The wooden Amida Nyorai statue and the statues standing on its sides (Hoyake Amida), the principal images of the temple, bear the legend, according to which Amida got his cheek burned to be branded as a criminal for a priest suspected of theft. It has been believed that the name, "Shioname Jizo," was given because every time a salt vendor living in Mutsuura (now Kanazawa Ward, Yokohama City) crossed the Asahina Pass to visit Kamakura and offered salt to the Jizo, he found the salt gone on his way back. That tells that salt came from the Kanazawa area then."
Ok. What Fusakosan said, when she was young she was told that people believed Buddha liked salt, and that's why the salt was gone when the vendor came back through. I believe salt is called "shio" in Japanese, hence Shioname Jizo.
This temple used to be the residence of Mitsunori Yadoya, who was one of the seven retainers for the Fifth regent Hojo (early 1200's). At the time, Priest Nichiren, founder of the Nichiren sect of Buddhism, wanted the Regent, who followed Zen Buddhism, to read his treatise, where he insists that the Lotus Sutra is the authentic Buddhism. He asked Mitsunori to deliver it, which he did. And, which, of course, made the Regent just a tad bit angry and just a little bit offended. So, he threw Priest Nichiren's five disciples in a cavern at the back of Mitsunori's residence. Mitsunori was so impressed with the way Priest Nichiren's disciples treated each other, as well as their "jailer" that he eventually converted to the Nichiren Sect (this was years after the fifth Regent's death).
After he lobbied for, and won, an early release from exile for Priest Nichiren, he converted his residence to a temple for Nichiren sect Buddhists.
The cave where they were kept is at the back of the grounds.
|Checking out the big leaves.|
|Entrance to the pass|
|A Boy with his Fusakosan|
According to a few ladies on the hike, at this point you can split to the right and it takes you back to Ikego. She said there is a fence there, but if you walk around you can get to the front gate. We went left at this point.
After walking through the cedar forest we walked under the YokoYoko, into town, and to the bus stop. We hopped on the bus and rode to Kanazawa Hakkei Station.
|From one of our hike coordinators, T. C. Thomas|
Shew! This was a long hike! The end result: 7.2 miles and over 14,000 steps! We got home, ate dinner, I convinced the kids to let me read the next chapter of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe about 30 minutes before normal story time. Then, the kids were asleep before 8! I was in bed by 830. Now, I've been so impressed by this trail that I MUST find out more about the Tenen course...stay tuned!
|Even Jibee Hoban was excited about our hike|