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The Thirty-Three Aizu Kannon Pilgrimage Sites

更新日:2017年02月27日

 

It is said that the practice of visiting the thirty-three Kannon sites of Aizu dates back to 1643, when Hoshina Masayuki took office.

At the time, domain residents often went on pilgrimages to Ise, Saigoku's thirty-three Kannon sites, and elsewhere. It is said that in order to reduce the amount of money that flowed out of the domain as a result, Masayuki decided to establish thirty-three pilgrimage sites in Aizu.

Going around to these Kannon pilgrimage sites is also referred to as the “Aizu Meguri.” Originally it was done primarily by women from farming villages. When their jobs in the field had wrapped up around July they would put on a white pilgrim's outfit and a bamboo hat, and go to these thirty-three Kannon sites with others in their pilgrimage group while singing goeika.

Goeika are Buddhist songs consisting of melodies added to short lyrics. They are about Buddhist teachings, the scenery of sacred places, remembering the deceased, and traditions surrounding pilgrimage sites.

In the 2016 financial year this pilgrimage was designated as a piece of Japan Heritage. It has become a symbol of Aizu's status as a Buddhist capital. Ten of these thirty-three pilgrimage sits are in Aizumisato. Visiting them, one can see that ever since their creation the town was a place where Buddhist culture flourished and people held deep religious beliefs.

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