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Monday, September 26, 2011
Higan in autumn
We visit our family graves to pray and make offerings of flowers and incense during Higan. I went to my family grave yesterday. Many flowers were placed on graves.
Spider lilies(彼岸花, higanbana) were blooming on the grounds of the temple. We often see the lilies growing round rice paddies and cemeteries.
Mi-chi-no-he-no I-chi-shi-no-ha-na-no I-chi-shi-ro-ku
"A roadside spider lily easily comes into notice, everyone found out about my loving wife like that," author unknown in "Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves" (the oldest existing anthology of poetry)
Ichishi(壱師) is thought to refers to spider lily.
photos by 神戸観光壁紙写真集
It used to be rice paddies. Now it's a place where people can relax. Spider lilies were found in clumps there.
Immigrants from Goguryeo(高句麗) reclaimed the land in the county to cultivate rice. Goguryeo was overthrown by the Tang Dynasty of China and Silla(新羅) in 668. Both Goguryeo and Silla were ancient Korean kingdoms.
Koma County(高麗郡) was created around Kinchakuda in 716 and Koma no Kokishi Jakko (高麗王若光) was appointed as the chief of the county.
According to two chronicles of Japan, Jakko(若光) arrived in Japan as a member of a mission from Goguryeo in 666 and the Imperial court granted the surname of Koshiki(王) to Koma no Jakko(高麗若光) in 703. He was regarded as a member of the royal family of Goguryeo.
Koma Jinja Shrine(高麗神社) was built to honor Koma no Kokishi Jakko (高麗王若光) after he died in 751. His descendants served as the head priest of this shrine generation after generation. The present head priest is the 60th generation.
Shoden-in(聖天院) is the temple of the Koma family located near Koma Shrine built in 751. On the grounds of the temple, resident Korean believers built a war memorial for the Korean people with no family who died in the colonial period in 2000. The shrine and the temple give us an insight into the history between Japan and Korea.
photo by 写真素材 Ryo