Group of 100 Devotees of Koyasan and Kumano


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Writer and professor at Osaka University of Arts

Tamao Ariyoshi


Tamao Ariyoshi was born in Tokyo. In 1990, she received the Tsubota Joji Literature Prize for Migawari, a story recounting her experiences with her mother Sawako that she published while she was a graduate student at the University of Tokyo. In 1992, she graduated from New York University’s graduate drama program. Her works include Kyabetsu no Shinseikatsu, Hina wo Tsutsumu, Bokutachi wa Kitto Sugoi Otona ni Naru, Koi Suru Ferumeeru, Utsukushiki Ichinichi no Owari, and Sobo-chan. She also works as a film critic and writes scripts for dance dramas.

Purifying both your body and mind

Koyasan is refreshing!  
Invigorating breezes flow through your body and mind alike at this temple, which was founded by Kukai. Every time I visit, I feel like my body and mind are both being cleansed.
Whenever I go to Koyasan, I always pay a visit to Jison-in Temple in Kudoyama. That temple, which appears in my mother’s novel Kinokawa, was visited by Kukai’s mother, who was unable to visit Koyasan because it was off limits to women. Legend holds that Kukai descended the mountain nine times a month to visit his mother.

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