Ide-cho, Local Gems — February 8, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Stone Carvings: Taniyama-Fudosan!

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The Taniyama-Fudosan is located near the Fudogawa River, just a little bit up the road from the Fudogawa park in Ide-cho. It’s a little obscure and you have to climb many steps to get to the temple area. There is also a spot where the devoted monks can stand under an improvised waterfall for religious training. If you go further up the road, there is a BBQ area and I believe you can camp out there too. Must be fun when its a little warmer!The Taniyama-Fudosan is located near the Fudogawa River, just a little bit up the road from the Fudogawa park in Ide-cho. It’s a little obscure and you have to climb many steps to get to the temple area. There is also a spot where the devoted monks can stand under an improvised waterfall for religious training. If you go further up the road, there is a BBQ area and I believe you can camp out there too. Must be fun when it’s a little warmer!

Here’s something more about Standing Under Waterfalls: Christal Whelan wrote in the Yomiuri Shimbun:“The Shinto, Buddhist and Shugendo practice of misogi or spiritual cleansing through standing under a waterfall, or dousing oneself with buckets of bracingly cold water, derives from the deep desire to be united with the clarity and purity of water. Water by its very nature changes form according to the container in which it is placed. This quality suggested the Buddhist wisdom of the emptiness of form, and the social value of flexibility and a situational ethic over an unchanging stance for all occasions.”

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