Vol. I. Dojo of Awakening

Kukai, also known as Kobo Daishi, 774-835, was a renowned monk who founded Shingon Buddhism during Heian era.

He is also famous as a calligrapher and engineer. Among the many achievements attributed to him is the invention of Japanese kana system. In 835, he entered into eternal meditation and in the year of 921 he was given the posthumous name of Kobo Daishi by Emperor Daigo. The meaning of the name Kobo Daishi recognizes his excellence as a teacher as well as his work and efforts to spread the word of the Esoteric Buddhism throughout Japan.


On the Japanese island of Shikoku are the 88 sacred sites associated with Kukai. Local people call pilgrims of this circuit Henro or O-Henro-san. This circuit is one of the most traditional, popular and famous among the Japanese. It is historically said that 1200 years ago Kukai went on this pilgrimage for his own training. Many of the temples are said to have been founded or restored by him.


This pilgrimage route is an exceptional experience on which my Japan work started having a real meaning. Therefore, it must be considered as the expression of my keen interest in Kukai’s teaching throughout an interpretation of artworks and cultural places in the sacred mountains of Shikoku.







  • 2014

  • Texts by Hisayo Takatsuka

  • English – Japanese

  • 30 x 30 cm (12” x 12”)

  • 148 pages, 71 photographs

  • Hardcover, dust jacket

  • ISBN 978-2-9543717-2-6


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