The sun finally started to shine and I was relieved a bit. I left my backpack at guest house Mima and walked to Ryuko-ji. I saw the mountains in the distance covered in white snow. Hmm, it could be tough from tomorrow.
No.41 Ryukou-ji seems to have a history of syncretism of Shinto and Buddhism. That’s why instead of a temple gate, there is a torii gate (the red gate in the picture) and guardian dogs and so on. Indeed I feel it’s bit strange but interesting.
After I recited the sutra, I talked a bit with the priest.
“It is bit chilly today, isn’t it ?”
“Ah, it hasn’t been cold at all this year in fact. There was no snow neither. Usually around this time of year, there would be a lot of snow around here”
Honestly, I thought it was very cold today, but maybe I was lucky. However, the weather changed rapidly and started to snow on the way back to guest house Mima.