||The 1999 Hyper Network Society Research Conference will be held from tomorrow in Beppu. Amy Borgstrom, a guest speaker, flew in from Athens Ohio, USA via Tokyo this morning. We welcomed her at Oita air port. I could easily identify her because I have already met her on her home page. She is a very charming lady. After the greeting, we took an early lunch at a Sushi bar in the terminal.|
||We have enough time this afternoon until
she will check- in at Suginoi Hotel in Beppu
City by the evening. So, we left the airport
for driving around Kunisaki peninsula to
visit a couple of old temples and shrines
in the area. This is one of point-of-interest
called "Tashibu" that boast of
it strange shaped rocky peaks along a stream.|
Maki Grand Temple in which nine old solemn Buddhist image statues were displayed in a protective storage housing.
She looked like to feel impressive.
|Annexed garden of the temple features its arrangement of many old stone monuments including Kunisaki-tower on the background of beautiful rural hills and rice fields. Plum flowers are in full blossoms.|
|An aged woman of a souvenir shop next to the parking lot kindly called at us and served citrus tea, a special product of the area. We were delighted and enjoyed the taste of the tea.|
We came up to another point called Tashibu to visit Buddha images engraved in a tuff precipice. In front of the monument is a loquor shop Tashibuso run by one of my web friends. Mrs. Thud, the wife of the owner received us with courtesy. Ms. Amy was glad to have a new friend.
Fuki Temple was the most-favored point for Ms. Amy. The 700-year-old beautiful symmetric building holds an heart-easing Buddha image surrounded with wall paintings of Buddhism-related figures that still show faint colors of red and green. Yellow mustard flowers and pink plus welcomed us at the stone-paved path outside of the temple
Then we visited USA (a name of the place, not the United States of America) Shrine. We walked a long way up to the main building. The vermilion-lacquered Torii.
||The last visit was Oita Prefectural History
Museum. A full-sized replica of Fuki Temple
was displayed in the hall (No pictures; photographing
is banned.) The inner part of the replica
is beautifully decorated with a golden-shining
Buddha image and paintings in full color,
suggesting then brand-new Paradise illustration
of Fuki Temple of the days. We took an we-were-there
picture at the hall viewing many ancient
tomb mounds through the window.|
|After check-in the hotel in the evening,
Mr. Izumi Aizu joined us who flew-in from
Malaysia to attend the conference. The conversation
grew lively as Ms. Amy and Mr. Aizu met before
in a conference in Spain held last year.
The night goes on and we said them good-night.
I am expecting the conference after tomorrow.|