Taicho-ji Temple in Fukui is the birthplace of the famous Shugendo monk, Taicho, who founded this temple at his birthplace just before he departed for climbing Mount Haku in 717. So, when I visited here, I just expected to see some temple buildings and Taicho-related artifacts. But what I found instead were countless jizo statues that stood in and outside the temple. Just beside the parking lot I found a 'cemetery' of broken jizo statues, which were casually piled up in a field. Then at the temple entrance I met six jizo statues, and another group of jizo statues. Inside the temple grounds there are many groups of them scattered around the vast forest. If you are a fan of jizo statues, this is the place for you to meet many of them!
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I was born in and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, and have lived in many places since then: Nishinomiya, Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Fukuoka and Fukui. I am currently living in Yokohama City. All the places I lived, all the places I visited, I have loved dearly. The historical places where people lived, loved, suffered, and fought - places where I can still hear their heartbeats - mesmerize me. I'd like to retrace the footsteps of the people who lived in Japan a long long time ago, and introduce to you what they left behind on this soil.