Japanese School in Japan,Fukuoka - NILS

School Activity Report

Nanzouin walk~南蔵院~

5月の終わりに南蔵院散策に出かけてきました。自然豊かな土地とブロンズ製としては世界最大の大きさを誇る釈迦涅槃像を見て、学生の皆さんもパワーもらったようですよ♪

On May 30th we went to Nanzoin. The place is located in Sasaguri town, which you can reach by train, followed by a brief walk.

As soon as you step out the station, a beautiful landscape welcome you: mountains covered with the bright green of the trees and a small river.

We headed to the statue of the reclining Buddha walking through many chapels, shrines and then up a hill.

 

I didn’t expect you can actually go inside the statue, as we did. We reached a room located approximately in correspondence with the Buddha’s heart, where we prayed a little bit before exit.

I was surprised that a Buddhist temple and lots of Torii could be found so closed to each other, as they formed a sole worship place, with no evident difference between the two religions. For example, we walked through a tunnel dedicated to the Seven lucky Gods of Japan; we could admire a statue of Fudo Myo-o and a very large number of other statues representing the Buddha’s disciples.

 

For me, the most remarkable aspect was that this large complex is entirely surrounded by nature with perfect harmony: woods, routes, also a waterfall and a small cave; and you can get lost and feeling calm, tranquil and regenerated, too.

There were also so many turtles! I love them so much that I was really happy to see lots of them.

So far, this was my favorite activity, I really enjoyed it and I would love to go to Nanzoin once more before my return to Italy.

 

5月30日に篠栗町の南蔵院に見に行きました。電車に乗って、少し歩いて、簡単に着けます。

駅から出ると、美しい景色に歓迎されます。緑豊かな山や狭い川が見えます。

いくつかの鳥居や礼拝堂を歩いたり丘に登ったりして、涅槃像に到着しました。像の中にも行って、びっくりしました。仏の心臓の中にある小さい部屋で止めて、自分の大切なものを祈りました。

お寺や鳥居はそんな近くにあるのを驚きました。仏教は神道と違いますが、あそこで同じ崇拝そうです。例えば七福神トンネルを渡ったり、不動明王像やアラカン像も見たりしました。

南蔵院は全部自然に囲まれて、本当に素敵だと思います。林、小道、滝、小さい洞窟もあるから、気分がよくなります。

カメもいっぱいありました。カメが大好きだからとてもうれしかったです。

それまでに参加したアクティビティの中では今週のが一番よかったと思います。帰国する前にもう一度南蔵院に戻りたいと思います。

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