This is my friend, Bangly’s posting.
[April, 2013] Before leaving the town of Kotohira, our aim was climbing up the mount Konpira and visiting the temple located on the peak.
The path was quite difficult because it is necessary to go up 1368 steps to the top, which is 421 metre above the sea level.
This is the biggest temple in the isle of Shikoku.
To finish our project, we took more than 2 hours, but it was worth an effort.
The scenary was a breath-taking panorama.
In Japan nature and mysticism are perfectly melt.
After all the native cult, the Shinto, considers the symbiosis between divine (Kami) and nature-force.
Climbing the mountain means that you put your own spirit in syntony with the spirit of the surrounding nature.
When I arrived at the peak, I remembered an aphorism that I wrote long time ago: “In life you have to climbe the mountain, contemplate the scenaries at the top and then, descend to forget that you reached the peak”.
Maybe it is for this reason that I prefered not to take any photos of the Temple that I reached with effort.