Diary on a Trip to Ise and Mt. Hakusan – PART 10

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I got back home from Ise, thinking that I could be relaxed staying at home on holidays. Though I had spent three days in Ise on business,  I wasn’t tired at all. On the contrary, I was full of energy. During the business trip, I visited about 50 shrines, including small ones, with gratitude. At the shrines on the last day, just putting my hands together made me full of feelings of gratefulness. I came to be able to visit them with gratitude unconsciously.

  • get back home  家に帰る
  • on the contrary それどころか
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち
  • put A together Aを合わせる

On the next day, taking a rest after putting Kenbarai-fuda(剣祓札, a kind of talisman of shitoizm) of Geku(外宮), Naiku(内宮) and Izougu(伊雑宮) in my household shinto altar, I was asked by family members to take them for a drive to Mt. Hakusan(白山). At first, I was reluctant, for I had just driven as many as 1000 kilometers. But my families insisted on it, so I decided to go there the next day, thinking that I couldn’t complete this trip to Ise without going to Mt.Hakusan for sure.

  • take a rest 一息つく
  • household shinto altar 神棚
  • at first 最初は
  • reluctant   いやいやな
  • insist 主張する
  • complete 完成させる
  • for sure 確かに

Firstly, I visited Heisenji-Hakusan shrine(平泉寺白山神社), which I visited after a long time. The green mos covering the shrine that survived the harsh, long winter was beautiful. The precincts of the shrine had been cleaned up by local people on the day I visited. The shrine was so spiritually clean that I could pray at it smoothly.

  • after a long time 久しぶりに
  • mos 苔
  • survive 生き残る
  • harsh 厳しい
  • precinct 境内

Then next, I headed for Hakusan-Chukyo shrine(白山中居神社). The prefectural road on the way was narrow and since I saw some fallen rocks on the road that must’ve fallen from a cliff on the left side, I drove carefully. My car navigation system didn’t tell me exactly where the shrine was located, but I managed to reach it on instinct.

  • prefectrural 県の
  • narrow 狭い
  • cliff 崖
  • exactly 正確に
  • manage to~ どうにかして〜する
  • instinct 本能

I stopped my car in the parking lot in front of the shrine and looked up the huge trees on both sides of the approach leading to the main building of the shrine. I saw two Tengus(天狗)protecting the shrine on the tree tops. I hadn’t seen such a shrine for a long time. As in Tamaki Shrine(玉置神社) in Nara prefecture, Tengus, being a nature spirit, disappear from shrines as the traffic around them gets heavy and noisy.

  • parking lot 駐車場
  • huge 巨大な
  • approach 参道
  • traffic 交通

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When you visit such a shrine where Tengus keep an eye out for intruders, you had better not take any insulting and disrespectful act. Thinking “I must get hurt if I’m not serious enough,” I told my families to walk slowly and watch their steps.

  • keep an eye out for A  Aを見張る
  • had better not~ 〜しない方が良い
  • insulting 侮辱的な
  • disrespectful   無礼な
  • get hurt 怪我をする

I found a huge rock in the middle of the approach, when I saw a vision in my mind that, when a man with a disrespectful mental attitude intruded into the precincts, a long long time ago though,  a Tengu threw the huge rock at the man and he was squashed by it. Thinking that his bones must’ve been under the rock, I gazed at it on bended knees together with my families.

  • in the middle of A Aのど真ん中に
  • irrelevant 不適切な
  • squash 押しつぶす
  • gaze じっと見る

The approach descended abruptly and its stone steps were slippery because of spring water. In case you fall and hit your head on the ground, you’re sure to get seriously injured. So if you have weak legs, you should avoid the approach and instead take the path on the left side of the front guard gate that leads to the main building.

  • descend 下がる
  • slippery 滑り易い
  • spring water 湧き水
  • path 小道

We went on the approach, which looked as if it refused any visitor, and managed to get to the main building, where a chief priest of the shrine was preparing for a purification ceremony. A child, who seemed like his grandson, was following around him, with his tiny hands holding the priest’s Hakama(袴), a man’s formal divided skirt.

  • as if S+V まるでSがVするかのように
  • refuse 拒む
  • chief priest 神官
  • purification  祓い
  • grandson 孫息子

The priest had a great, dignified face.  It’s hard to explain but he had the same distinctive aura as that of an ascetic mountain priest. Then we climbed up the steep stone steps and finally stood in front of the main building.

To be continued.

  • dignified 威厳のある
  • aura 雰囲気
  • ascetic  苦行の
  • steep 険しい

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