Six hundred years before anyone started carving those serene images of the Buddha we all know so well, followers worshipped his footprints. This pair is at the Kuhonbutsu temple.
For some reason, I just love the idea that the object of worship doesn’t represent the Buddha himself or the ultimate destination. It honors his way of getting there.
Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo Mystery Series, published by Penguin/Intermix.