When ascetics reached limits and final stage of process they had to move on to next stage - be put under ground - " Suspended animation under ground " (Dochu nyujo ) .Place would be about 3 meters under ground , ascetics would enter and stay lotus position while fasting and reciting sacred scriptures .Bamboo pole would provide air .
When it seemed that that the ascetic had ceased chanting (They have died )they would remove bamboo , open cell and check the posture of the corpse .Then they would put corpse back and seal this special sepulcher fr 3 thousand days (Just over 8 years ).At the end of this time they would take corpse out and it would look as it looks now !
Many ask if mummies displayed in Kaikoji in Sakata are real .. Answer is YEs - they are . Skin have been covered in resin and its kept under protective glass to preserve it .
!!!!! Clothing of flesh icons ( these monks ) are changed every 12 years , during the year of OX .The old clothing is cut into small peaces and inserted in little protective talismans (Omamori ) . Then they are sold to pilgrims and visitors to the temple .
It is said that flesh icon have the power to answer prayers ! When you express your desire to the flesh-icon , you monologue will transform into dialogue with the ascetic.
Geisha & Maiko House :
I decided that once im in Japan i mst visit thi place , so i did . over all its a beautiful buiding . Entranbce to the show is 1000 yen . You receive 3 dances (2 geishas dancing and lady singing and playing traditional instrument ) and after can take a photo with Geisha ! They dont let you explore buiding or take pictures dutirn the show .
They offer ather activities too . Can have tea party too! Can pay cash or Pasmo , Suica card , maybe some other ways , but im not sure .
Then i was finished with touring in Sakata .
On the way back i met very interesting family . Mom - Emiko was dentist , Juiko (daughter ) was artists , Aiko 2nd daughet was working in Banking . Our conversation was on paper a lot . But they spoke ENglish !
Lovely fzmily , brought me very far distance .
Thats it .. My trip to Sakata and back by hicthing ! Was an interesting experience !