referring to an old history book of Oyodo, I found that there is little art collections and sight seeing spots in it. But the map shows Oyodo could be situated along the Median Tectonic Line and and this calm fields and mountains would contain the intricate movements from ancient times.
I stopped by some places being guided, and one of the places was this mausoleum which is called Yamato Takeru’s Shiratorinomisasagi.
Yamato Takeru was a Japanese legendary prince, a son of the 12th emperor Emperor Keikō.
According to the legend, He is said to have died in Kameyama city of Mie prefecture and was turned into a white bird and stopped by this place to have a rest. Is this the scenery he would have seen then? It was also nice to see the trees in bloom around there be well-kept by local people.
the first Emperor of Japan ascended the throne at the head of local clans B.C.660. The dynasty in China then was Zhou whose capital city was Luoyi. T he place the emperor decided to establish a country and Luoyi are at the same north latitude.
Why does it include “year”? Because the annual amount of rice harvest was more important than all the others. It has an huge effect on people’s lives. So we assigned the Chinese character 稔 ,means rice ripening, to “a year, Toshi in Japanese”.
I learned this old idea from the shrine which is called Katsuragimitoshi. It was such a loverly shrine on the hill with the fresh air. I won’t forget this vibe which this site has given off since ancient times.
In Japan a prayer service for good crops was more significant than any other services since we have been farming. Syuni-e is a Buddhist ritual that has its root with the service.
The most famous one is held at the Nigatsudo hall of Todaiji temple in Nara and is called Omizutori. The ritual was first conducted in 752 and thus has a long history over 1,260 year in length.
During the ritual the secluded monks recite the sacred name before Juichimen Kannon and repent their transgression and pray for the peace and avoiding calamities.
I witnessed it at night a long time ago, the highlight of the ritual which is called “Otaimatsu’, the large torches was being carried by the monks.
It takes 15 minutes to get to Futai temple on foot. Its building is not so much a temple as a residence for the aristocracy. In fact it wasbuilt by an abdicated emperor and one of his sons, Narihira Ariwarano, lived there.
There’s a statue said that it was made by him and I thought its silhouette is stunning. I could easily imagine how it had looked beautiful before it discolored.