I went on a trip to Izushi. My mother and my maternal ancestors were from this region, so I would often go there when I was younger. I felt nostalgic when I got in.
I took the Konotori Express and got off at Yoka Station. Then I took the bus to Izushi.
Getting off at Izushi Bus Station, I passed by two temples. One of them was Fukujoji Temple.
Then I caught sight of a magnificent view. These are Izushi Castle Ruins.
On the top of the ruins, there is a shrine called Arikoyama Inari Shrine. I climbed the stone steps through the vermillion gates and reached the shrine. I was all alone at the shrine. It was silent and the air was cool and clear. I really liked the place.
I went down the steps and further went to another shrine called Morosugi Shrine. I found an omikuji box and drew one. Omikuji is a fortune-telling paper strip. Mine was “a little luck.” It said I should study hard, which was convincing.
I liked the green carpet of moss.
(To be continued…)