Mt. Takao

Towards the end of November we hiked up Mt. Takao to see the changing leaves. The pictures in this post are backwards, so they start at the top of the mountain and go back through our adventure.

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A manhole cover.IMG_6085This (the red one with three v shapes) is the kanji for calamity- Zoe’s middle name. (No, really, it is her middle name.) (That kanji is actually only part of the kanji for calamity- this by itself is “woe”. But shhh!)IMG_6077 IMG_6066 IMG_6060 IMG_6057 IMG_6051 IMG_6040 IMG_6035 IMG_6033 IMG_6032 IMG_5995 IMG_5993 IMG_5991 IMG_5987Mt. Takao is considered a spiritual mountain. There’s a temple on the mountain (Takaosan Yakuoin Temple) in which a Buddhist god, Izuma Daigongen, is said to be enshrined. He has a beak with wings. Tengu (creatures with red faces and long noses or a beak) are said to protect the temple. The long nosed tengu is called daitengu, and the beaked tengu is called shoutengu.

Daitengu

IMG_5979 IMG_5974Izuma Daigongen
IMG_5972 IMG_5968 IMG_5965 IMG_5963Daitengu and Shoutengu and a flying squirrel. And a horse.IMG_5955 IMG_5954 IMG_5951Izuma DaigongenIMG_5949DaitenguIMG_5948ZoetenguIMG_5933 IMG_5931 IMG_5913 IMG_5905Shoutengu, Izuma Daigongen, DaitenguIMG_5899

BuddhaIMG_5896KannonIMG_5893 IMG_5890 IMG_5885 IMG_5878 IMG_5864You can hike all the way up the mountain from the bottom, or you can take a cable car or a chair lift up to half way. We took the chair lift.
IMG_5798We reminded each other the entire way up to “don’t shaking”.IMG_5785A┬ákid gave tiny a balloon sword. It popped part way through our adventure.IMG_5766 IMG_5753 IMG_5746 IMG_5742 IMG_5740TenguIMG_5735

The train station where it all started.IMG_5734

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