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Sando

Sando is the entrance path to Okunoin Gobyo (see adjacent post). It is about 2 km long, through the largest graveyard of Japan. More than 200'000 grave stones, from military commanders to monks and nuns stand between cedar trees hundreds of years old.

 

I strolled along the Sando on a misty morning, and the light was magical!

 

There are some legends around Sando. For example, there is a well in which people who have less than 3 years to live will not see their reflection (I saw mine - got to tell my insurance broker about this!). Or there is a nun's grave stone, and if you place your ear on it, you can hear the cries in hell (boy, that's scary, they sound like the roar of a distant airplane!). Wonderful legends, to amaze the credulous and amuse the sceptics...

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Taken on November 14, 2011