On the outskirts of Flåm, while making my way towards Old Flåm to visit its church I came across these stones, one erect with the others lying flat, slightly raised, in a circle around it. What were they? Continue reading “Flåm Iron Age Cemetery”
St Jude’s Cemetery is located at the rear of St Jude’s Church.
Firstly, a little on the church first, if I may? Continue reading “St Jude’s Cemetery – and Sir Douglas Mawson”
Those who have read more than a handful of my reviews will be aware of my predilection for visiting old cemeteries. This is not out of any sense of morbid curiosity but rather because of their value in getting to know a local area and its social history, in particular. Continue reading “Weetangera Cemetery”
If, Dear Reader, you have followed my reviews in the order recommended this will be your ‘final stop’ in Gundagai – though you should not take that term to literally as I do, of course, mean your final stop before moving on to your next earthly destination. Continue reading “South Gundagai Cemetery”
On anything other than the briefest of visits to Gundagai you will hear about a ‘Captain Moonlite’. Captain Moonlite never lived in Gundagai and, from what I can ascertain, his only visit to the town was a short time he spent, at Her Majesty’s pleasure, in the former Gundagai Gaol prior to a committal hearing in the adjacent Gundagai Court House. Continue reading “Captain Moonlite And His Grave”
All Saints Anglican Church – Ainslie
Those who have read my Sydney review – Rookwood Cemetery – Train Stations – will be aware that there is more than a passing resemblance between Rookwood Cemetery’s Gothic Ecclesiastic style Mortuary Receiving Station No. 1 and All Saints Anglican Church here in the Canberra suburb of Ainslie. Continue reading “From Train Station to Parish Church”
Having made our way along the sacred path, lined with tombstones and stone lanterns (many moss covered) and tall cedar trees, for almost two kilometres from Ichinohashi Bridge through the Okunoin Cemetery we arrived at the Gobyonohashi Bridge.
Crossing this bridge brought us into the most sacred part of Okunoin, an area where photography, eating and drinking is prohibited – a very holy place for the Japanese. Continue reading “Okunoin – The Inner Sanctum”
As you cross the Tamagawa stream via the Gobyonohashi bridge to enter the most sacred part of Okunoin Cemetery which contains the mausoleum of the founder of Shingon Buddhism – Kukai (Kobo Daishi) – look, to your left, into the stream. Continue reading “Remembering The Children In Okunoin”
Prior to crossing the Gobyonohashi Bridge and entering into the most sacred part of Okunoin, where the mausoleum of Kobo Daishi, the founder of Shingon Buddhism, is located, you will come across a row of bronze statues, These mostly depict the Bodhisattva Jizo who looks after children, travellers, and the souls of the deceased, particularly those of deceased children. Continue reading “Mizumuke Jizo In Okunoin”