Pond Garden at Daihoji - Temple 44 Daihoji 'The temple of Great Treasure' stands in a forest of ancient cedar and cypress trees in the area known as Kuma Highland in central Ehime. Kuma is the name of a woman who is said to have lived all alone in this once poor area. When Kobo Daishi passed through, she begged him to provide her with company, so he miraculously produced a river. Crops could then be grown and farmers appeared, bringing Kuma the companionship she craved. The town that they established is named after her. Kuma Highland is often cloaked in mist, and the trees are mossy and damp - the main impression of any visitor to Daiho-ji is the awe-inspiring presence of Nature.
- ©John Lander
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