Trip to Katsuoji temple

Today I rode my bike all the way up to the scenic Katsuoji temple. Tiring but definitely worth it!

In the mountains north of the plain of Osaka, in the city of Miho, nestles Katsuoji, nicknamed “The Victory Temple”, but “victory” seems too narrow a word to encompass the hopes of all her modern pilgrims.

Japanese military leaders have prayed there for victory, but most come, now, to pray for more personal triumphs: passing exams, finding a job, getting a driver’s license. No aim is too great or to small.

The idea of winning is not at the temple’s roots. Katsuoji’s history began with twin brothers who were Buddhist priests and chose to retire from the world and devote themselves to prayer. It was not too long before the world came after them.

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