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Chief Priest of Nachisan Seiganto-ji Temple

Ryokyo Takagi

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Chief Priest of Nachisan Seiganto-ji Temple and Fudarakusan-ji Temple
1938 Ryokyo Takagi is born in Wakayama Prefecture.
1961 After graduating from Ryukoku University, Takagi returns to Mount Nachi to serve at Nachisan Seiganto-ji Temple.
1984 Takagi becomes chief priest of Nachisan Seiganto-ji Temple and later, in 1987, chief priest of Fudarakusan-ji Temple.
In addition to his religious and administrative duties as chief priest at both temples, Takagi is involved with a number of organizations, including as chairman of the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage Site Society, member of the Tendai-shu Sect Assembly, chairman of the Kumano Sanzan Council and chairman of the Nachikatsuura Town Tourism Association. He continues to hold these positions.

I behold the magnificent nature of Kumano every day - its deep mountains and the awe-inspiring Nachi Waterfall - but every day it wears a different face. My favorite of all of these is the sight of the mist dancing upward on currents of air after the rain has stopped, accompanied by the roar of the waterfall. In those moments I am so entranced that I lose all sense of time.
The year 2019 marked fifteen years since the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range were selected as World Heritages. I am also overjoyed that, in the same year as this milestone, these sacred sites and pilgrimage routes were also selected for designation as Japan Heritage, bearing the title of “Japan's Ongoing 1,300 Year Journey of Life: Visiting the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage Sites.”
It is my hope that this will serve as a further opportunity to familiarize a great many more people with Wakayama and Kumano, and to prompt them to visit and discover for themselves their “own favorite Kumano.”

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