Day 25: Walk along Kikuma-town famous for roof tiles and visit Henjyo-in

A huge Japanese gargoyle roof tile is decorated at the entrance of Kikuma-town

There’re many roof tile makers in Kikuma-town

Some roof tile makers offer these small amulets as Osettai

The area where the car accident occurred, Kikuma-town, has a thriving ceramic industry and a large number of Japanese tile makers. It is quite interesting to see how they knead the clay. At the “Osettai reception area” run by the tile maker, they provide small frogs made of tiles called “Buji Kaeru” as Osettai. Frogs in Japanese pronunciation “Kaeru” means “go back home”, so it is for praying safe completion of pilgrimage and going back home. I gratefully accepted one.

The main gate of Henjyo-in with Japanese gargoyle roof tiles instead of Nio-statue

The main temple of Henjyo-in

At the Henjyo-in Temple in Kikuma town, it was interesting to see large Japanese gargoyle tiles dedicated to the gate instead of the Nio-statue. Apparently, during festivals, these large Japanese gargoyle tiles are carried out and paraded around the town.

The bell tower in Henjo-in

Solar photovoltaic power generation panels

Oil complex facilities over small Japanese tile roof makers

The roof tile shops lined up along the coast and the large oil complex facilities beyond, a rather strange sight.

They made not only roof tiles but also many different things

It’s just amazing!

Aoki Jizo-do

Aoki Jizo-do is a legendary sacred place which is located close to the oil complex. It is said when Kobo-Daishi dug where he had indicated with his staff, fresh water gushed forth and he planted a green tree (Aoki) as a memorial.

This sacred water is reputed to have great spiritual power as a medicinal water for various diseases, and is said to be especially effective for diseases from the waist down. Because of this reputation, it is popularly known as “Jizo-san for the waist and legs”