Ikuchi-jima Island in the Seto Inland Sea is connected to the mainland Japan by the Nishiseto Expressway, aka: Shimanami Kaido.
I visited Kosanji Temple on Ikuchi-jima Island in May, 2013. This temple was founded by a Mr. Kosanji, a successful industrialist, who, out of gratitude and respect to his late mother, entered the priesthood and built this temple in his hometown to ensure her rebirth into the Buddhist paradise.
The uniqueness of this temple lies in the fact that most of the temple buildings were modeled after some of Japan's finest architectural monuments from renowned temples and shrines such as Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Byodoin in Kyoto, or temples in Nara. Still, the construction and arrangement of them are quite creative and are highly acclaimed. On a warm spring day, I was lucky to encounter this gorgeous temple on a idyllic, small island in the Seto Inland Sea...the most unexpected place to see something like this! To refresh and ease my mind, I am going to visit this temple again in the future.
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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.