Do you know Shikoku Island ?
Now, you can visit there easily, but ancient days, it was far from capital. It was a place of ascetic practices for monks. There are eighty-eight Shingon sect temples in the island. Devout buddhists have been made a pilgrimage of 88 temples of the island.
If you do by foot, it takes 40 days at least.
Eighty-eight sands were gathered from eighty-eight Shikoku temples and they are placed here in To-ji. You can made a concentrated pilgrimage here by stepping on eighty-eight sands on September 21. This is お砂踏み Osuna-fumi, "Stepping on Sands".
September 21, 2015 @東寺
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