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3 months have past away so suddenly since the new year... i'd like to present some data to everyone that I had stocked up and arranged after a long time. This time there are photos of when I went to the Kousan temple in Kyoto. this is the temple where , a monk (1173~1232)that I am fond of trained at and I had wanted to visit from before but it’s located in the mountainous area of Toganowo in Kyoto and since the roads leading to the place are inconvenient I had not had the chance to visit.

The day after the live show of ONJO at the auditorium of the Doushisha University there was a place for some reason that I strongly wanted to go to even if I had to walk, and as I started a integral body teacher that I’ve been in the care of said, “that’s impossible”, and the teacher begged an acquaintance who was a taxi driver to take me there. Also, there usually aren’t that many people that go out with me on these stern interests that I have and I often go out alone, but this time the journalist Muramatsu-san ( who is the person who wrote “ the phrase of Masaaki Kajita a monk of Houzenin”and others ) came along. Although it had felt cold enough for it to snow the previous day, this day, the weather was very nice and calm and it felt as though it was the first day of spring. There was hardly no one else besides us that had visited. Toganowo and it felt as if Myoue-san was walking towards me in the clear and quite mountains.

I had found interest in Myouesyounin through a book Myoue yumewo ikiru by Hayao Kawai which a friend of mine recommended.He wrote about Myouesyounin ”Yumeki”. Although I’ve read books about dreams I do not have much knowledge about buddism, but I’ve been attracted to the way that Myoue-san lived his life. It’s very difficult to explain what kind of monk he was but, if you look at this painting called, “Myouesyounin kijyou zazen-zou”which was painted by Myoue’s apprentice, I think you’ll probably be able to feel something from it. Normally the impression of a monk’s portrait is somewhat inflexible and hard to get near but in this painting Myoue-san is in a pine tree forest and has tossed off his sandals, and he is meditating sitting  on the thick root of the pine tree hanging an incense burner and rosary on the side of the branch. Normally it is forbidden to sit so faintly as if sitting on a cushion.Even by reading biographies about other monks I believe that there is no other than Myoue-san who has left such a unique picture image for the future of himself that’s easy to approach (look at) with birds that are flying with joy and a small cute chestnut mouse that seems to be staring at Myoue-san. 

Even though the Kousanji is called a temple, the architecture of it was built as a main house called Sekisuiin, and is not the usual atmosphere of a temple.  It’s fresh and has been taken care of politely and the simplicity is also good. It was as though us 3 had gone over to Myoue-san’s home to play and we had tea and played in the sun, and we returned back to Kyoto listening to the driver’s story of when he was a child and getting excited talking about other things. Ah…  If I lived in Kyoto, I think I would visit Kousanji everyday.

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