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Binzuru

Binzuru

Binzuru A ruddy red Arhat who sits outside Buddhist temples curing the sick. Binzuru Name in Japanese:…

Oliver Statler

Oliver Statler

Oliver Statler Oliver Statler’s brilliant book “Japanese Pilgrimage” about the Ohenro was influential in introducing the pilgrimage…

Frederick Starr

Frederick Starr

Frederick Starr Frederick Starr was an American academic, anthropologist, and educator who undertook the Shikoku Pilgrimage in…

Gyōki

Gyōki

Gyōki The monk Gyōki Bosatsu, who lived in the 8th century, established 37 of the 88 Shikoku…

En no Gyōja

En no Gyōja

En no Gyōja En no Gyōja was an ascetic and mystic, and the founder of Shugendō, a…

David Moreton

David Moreton

David Moreton David Moreton is a Canadian associate professor at Tokushima University researching the involvement of foreign…

Chōsokabe Motochika

Chōsokabe Motochika

Chōsokabe Motochika This warlord from Kōchi took power over all Shikoku, destroying many temples in the process….

Kūkai

Kūkai

Kūkai Kūkai was a Buddhist monk, born in Shikoku, known for founding the Shingon sect and the…

Sendatsu

Sendatsu

Sendatsu A sendatsu is a guide who is experienced and knowledgeable in the pilgrimage. They have to…