Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountains - JAPAN - UNESCO #1142

Phoebe is a Postcrosser from Hong Kong that loves to travel and often goes to Japan, so she offered to swap two UNESCO cards from that country (sent from Hong Kong, but bought in Japan) and I immediately accepted (Hong Kong to Japan is not a serious infraction on the country of origin rule I think). Anyway, this wonderful postcard shows the three storey pagoda of the Seikanto Temple and the Nachi Fall in Wakayama - she told me all the pagoda are either 3, 5, 7 or 9 storey because odd number means positve! Thank you very much Phoebe for this awesome card (one of the most beautiful in my collection so far) and your nice message. This postcard took 14 days to arrive!
UNESCO #1142 -  Seikanto Temple and Nachi Fall, Kii Mountains - JAPAN
Set in the dense forests of the Kii Mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean, three sacred sites – Yoshino and Omine, Kumano Sanzan, Koyasan – linked by pilgrimage routes to the ancient capital cities of Nara and Kyoto, reflect the fusion of Shinto, rooted in the ancient tradition of nature worship in Japan, and Buddhism, which was introduced from China and the Korean Peninsula. The sites and their surrounding forest landscape reflect a persistent and extraordinarily well-documented tradition of sacred mountains over 1,200 years.

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