For people who can read Japanese, it would be confusing to realize that No.54 Enmei-ji (延命寺) comes after No.53 Enmyo-ji (円明寺). It is because the pronunciation of each Kanji (Chinese character) form could be “Enmeiji” and “Enmyoji”. More specifically the pronunciation of No.53 Enmyo-ji (円明寺) can be “Enmei-ji” which is exactly same as No.53 Enmei-ji (延命寺), and vice versa. I wasn’t really aware of it, but the lady at the restaurant Hyotan where I had lunch told me about it.
Enmei-ji is rather small and simple, but I personally like this types of temple. The precincts are clean and tidy,. Interestingly, there is a small gate in the precincts which looks like yet another main gate. I think this is pretty unique.
On the ceiling of the main hall, there are colorful pictures painted on tiles. Here, I met the old man again. This time, we took a picture of us with his camera. The old man said he had left his car at the No.52 Taisan-ji, and was going to return there to continue to drive moving forward. So I guess we won’t be crossing paths anymore. We hoped our safe completion of our pilgrimage each other and said goodbye.
I myself didn’t notice when I visited Enmyo-ji, but this temple is also known that there’s Christian lanterns with the image of the Virgin Mary carved in relief.