Photo dump 2: Osorezan

I reached Osorezan towards the end of the first day, after an exhausting headwind by the sea and an exhausting climb.

I was so happy when I got over the pass and caught a glimpse of the lake, I had to stop and take a picture.

I was so happy when I got over the pass and caught a glimpse of the lake, I had to stop and take a picture.

Osorezan (恐山, “Mount Dread”, though the name is a mutated Ainu one) is an active volcanic crater with a lake in it.  The formations are similar to those at (for example) Lassen: sulfurous smell, bright yellow stains, sickly-gray-turquoise water, pools of boiling water.  Lassen is more outlandish, but not as beautifully green.

In Japanese, such things are called 地獄 jigoku, Buddhist hells, and are sacred to the Buddhists; Osorezan, particularly so.  The legend goes: a monk had a dream that told him to go east and find a place surrounded by eight mountain peaks (for the eight virtues) and one-hundred eight sulfurous pools (for the one-hundred eight sins — count ’em!), build there a shrine to the bodhisattva Jizō.  So he did.  Now there’s a pretty big temple complex there.  Since it’s really out of the way, there are more actual worshipers than tourists.

I like this guy.

I like this guy.

Some roped-off sulfur.

Some roped-off sulfur.

A view of the lake.

A view of the lake.

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