Buddhist priest Tokuitsu and restored Yakushinyorai statue at Enichiji Temple, June 22, 2019. (徳一と慧日寺薬師如来 2019年6月22日)

(Yakushinyorai at Enichiji Temple, Bandai, June 22, 2019. 慧日寺 の 薬師如来 磐梯町 6/22/2019)
Today I visited Enichiji Temple site and learned about Buddhist priest Tokuitsu, who founded the temple in 807, and Yakushinyorai or Buddha of healing which was the main image of the temple. Yakushinyorai statue was built in the very beginning of the temple foundation but has been burnt or damaged several times since then by fire and civil war. It has been restored every time it suffered a damage and the last fire was in 1872 when most of the body was burnt. Last year in 2018 the statue was restored again as close as possible to the original one at early 800’s. The photo above shows the current restored statue which was designed to look as it was when it was first built.

Tokuitsu was a high-ranking Buddhist priest who lived between late 700’s and early 800’s. He learnt Hosso sect of Buddhism at Kofukuji Temple in Nara Prefecture, also known as a world heritage site. Nara, in the western part of Japan, was the political center at that time. But during his young age he started to move eastward aiming to spread Buddhism mainly in Ibaraki and Fukushima Prefectures. Photo above, which was a display at the site, shows a replica statue of Tokuitsu with a spearhead like thing at the bottom left. This thing was called “Sankosho” which was a rare treasure at that time made from cupronickel and was the evidence of highly respected person. Enichiji Temple was the center of Aizu Buddhism but he also established about 90 temples in Fukushima, Ibaraki and surrounding prefectures. Shojoji Temple was the most valuable one with many national treasures and important assets preserved to this date. Sitting statue of Tokuitsu made in 12th century was one of them.




Today I attended a class held at the site where a curator of Fukushima Prefectural Museum gave us a lecture on the history of Tokuitsu and the spread of Buddhism in Aizu region. Some of the explanation panels on Tokuitsu and Yakushinyorai Buddha at Enichiji Temple were on display at the site as shown above. Enichiji site is located about 20-minute walk from JR Bandaimachi Station.

The exact route and locations are shown in the map below. The map can be scaled up and down with a click and scroll.

【2014年7月22日】 会津 磐梯山 と 夏の花 (July 22, 2014: Summer flowers at Mt. Bandai, Fukushima Pref.)

本日は、裏磐梯 の南側にそびえる、会津 磐梯山 に登りました。今回は、もっともポピュラーで楽な、磐梯山ゴールドライン の最高地点の、八方台登山口 からです。登山口までは、自転車です。
Today I visited Mt. Bandai which was located in the south of Urabandai. This time I chose to start from Happoudai Trail Gate which was located at the highest point of Bandaisan Gold Line Road. I pedaled my bike to the Happoudai Gate.

The location and the actual route were shown in the map below. (The route data were from GPS log data. The details of the map and the altitude data can be seen by clicking the map.)
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会津 磐梯山 は、高さ1816mで、近くに、三角形の頂点のように、1636mの 櫛が峰 (くしがみね)、1430mの 赤埴山 (あかはにやま)があります。このため、見る方向で、山容が大きく変わります。
Mt. Bandai is 1816m high and there are two other adjacent peaks: Mt. Kushigamine which is 1636m high and Mt. Akahani which is 1430m high. Since the three peaks are located in triangle, one can see different views from different directions.

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登山口(地図の☆1、写真の 磐梯山ゴールドライン の最高地点)から、私の足でゆっくり歩いて、2時間で、頂上に近い、弘法清水小屋 (地図の☆2、写真)に着きます。この付近から頂上にかけて(地図の☆3のエリア)、花が見られました。
Starting from the Happoudai Gate (red asterisk 1 in the map) I arrived at Kouboushimizu Mountain Hut (red asterisk 2 in the map) in about two hours with my slow pace. Flowers could be found between the hut and the top of the mountain.
Flower area was shown as red asterisk 3 in the map.

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ミヤマカラマツ (深山唐松)です。 (磐梯山 ミヤマカラマツ 2014/7/22)
White flowers of mountain larch are shown above.

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イワオトギリ (岩弟切)です。 岩の間から咲いていました。(磐梯山 イワオトギリ 2014/7/22)
Yellow flower of Iwaotogiri is shown above. The plant came up from between rocks.

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ミヤマシャジン (深山沙参)です。 (磐梯山 ミヤマシャジン 2014/7/22)
A bell shaped flower of Miyamashajin is shown above.

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シロバナハナニガナ (白花花苦菜)です。 (磐梯山 シロバナハナニガナ 2014/7/22)
White flowers of white Hananigana are shown above.

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最後に、ウスユキソウ (薄雪草)です。頂上付近一帯で、満開でした。 (磐梯山 ウスユキソウ 2014/7/22)
White flowers similar to edelweiss are shown above. These are called Usuyukisou. They were in full bloom near the mountaintop area.

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ウスユキソウ は、弘法清水小屋 の、記念バッジにも、使われていました。 (磐梯山 記念バッジ ウスユキソウ 2014/7/22)
The Usuyukisou flowers were arranged in a souvenir badge sold by the mountain hut as shown above.

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Above photo shows the top of Mt. Bandai with no view due to heavy cloud. One of climbers there took my picture.

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弘法清水小屋 に下りたとき、一瞬だけ晴れ間がでました。そのときの写真です。櫛が峰 が右手に見えます。 (櫛が峰 弘法清水小屋より 2014/7/22)
When I returned to the mountain hut from the top slight sunlight appeared only a few seconds. Above photo was taken at the moment. Mt. Kushigamine can be seen in the right side.

I checked the easiness of the climb to the mountains during this summer. The result was as shown below. It was in opposite order of the height of the mountains.
Mt. Adatara (1700m) > Mt. Bandai (1816m) > Mt. Aizukomagatake (2133m) > Mt. Hiuchigatake (2356m)
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