Japan

Matsushima in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan

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Matsushima Bay, Godaido, Zuiganji and Entsuin Temples, and Fukuurajima are places of interest in Matsushima that are all within walking distance.

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Matsushima means “Pine Islands” because of the 260 scattered islands on Matsushima Bay that are covered with pine trees.

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Stories had it that back in the day crossing the Fukuurajima Bridge was used as a test whether a person is ready to see a Buddha or not.

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Godaido not only has a temple, but a vantage spot to view Matsushima Bay.

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Matsushima is famous for an iconic one-eyed samurai named Date Masamune.

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He rebuilt Zuiganji Temple, and is the temple to visit when in Miyagi Prefecture.

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Next door is Entsuin Temple, built in honor of his grand son.

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A beautiful garden will guide you there.

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My favorite of all are these stone statues before entering Zuiganji.

The whole pathway is actually a cemetery. There are these rocks that were carved out to form caves. These caves house ashes of the deceased. The vibe there was weird but it was wondrous and quite fascinating.

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There are also interesting sculptures in between the stone statuary.

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This one is to pay tribute to eels. Japanese loves eels, and this is to thank and apologize eels for eating them. 🙂

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Matsushima is also known for their delicious oysters.

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Japan is an interesting and wonderful exotic country with rich history and culture. Matsushima further reaffirms that.

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Last Calls…

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12 replies »

  1. Beautiful! I wasn’t aware of the beauty of that area, as many may not be. Possibly the proximity (relative though) to Fukushima isn’t in favor of this regions recent promotion?

  2. I see that Fall color is coming to the Maples in the gardens. Lovely. I planted a purple, Japanese maple at our place about 20+ years ago. I think our my travels in Japan each time I see it. The cemetery sculpture have a number of similarities to Hindu images, such as the multi-arm figures of Shiva and the Stupa grave markers. Not imagary that I am familiar with in Japan.
    Oscar

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