Dear O-Henro ... Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Today we will enter Kochi Prefecture, the ''second country'' on Shikoku Island were we are walking in the footsteps of Kobo Daishi (774-835) along the 88 temples of the Shikoku Pilgrimage. And we have a little celebration today, because this is our 400th episode of Carpe Diem ... another mile-stone in our young life as a haiku-family. What a joy you all have brought me and still bring me as I read all your wonderful haiku, senryu, tanka, kyoka and haibun shared here with us all. I feel proud and humble, because I may be your host here ...
Four hundred episodes ago I started with this daily haiku meme and we have evolved to a wonderful and loving community in which everyone can feel free and save. Thank you all for being here, thank you all for being part of this haiku-family.
one single red rose on a vase -
Hatsumisakiji (Temple 24) is devoted to Kokuzo Bosatsu or the Buddha of boundless space, of wisdom and emptiness. Kokūzō is especially important to Japan’s Shingon sect of Esoteric Buddhism (Mikkyō 密教). Kokūzō symbolizes the "vast and boundless" Buddha wisdom that permeates the universe. In Japan, believers pray to Kokūzō to grant them wisdom on their quest toward enlightenment. They also pray to Kokūzō to improve their memory, technical skills, and artistic talents.
With arriving at Hatsumisakiji we have entered Kochi Prefecture in the city called Muroto which is on the shores of the Island and very well known for it's Cape Muroto.
|Cape Muroto (Kochi Prefecture Japan)|
only the song of a bird
and rustling leaves
This episode will be open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until February 16th 11.59 AM (CET). I will (try to) publish our next episode of Carpe Diem's Shikoku Pilgrimage, Kongochoji (Temple 26), later on today.