Okunoin cemetery

One of Japan’s most sacred spots, Okunoin cemetery lies within the boundaries of Koyasan, the spiritual home of Shingon Buddhism and final resting place for its founder Kobo Daishi (also known as Kukai). A steady rain was falling as we entered the cemetery. Mist drifted down from the hills surrounding the town, seeping along the pathways and through the graves. The earthy green was punctuated by the bright red hats and clothing that adorn the small stone Buddha statues scatted along the paths. Home to the remains of over 200,000 people, stretching back to the 7th century. Believing that being…

Cross Bones Graveyard

In the Southwark area of London with the looming Shard in the distance lies the Cross bones Graveyard. The small unconsecrated area that is still believed to hold the remains of over 1500 people. Commonly referred to as a prostitutes graveyard, excavations of the site which began in 1991 revealed that in fact two thirds of those found were under the age of five. Despite its early links with the red light district, over the years it became a paupers cemetery, which was finally closed in 1853 with overcrowding at such a point that coffins were said to be placed…

Los Muíños do Picón e do Folón

A couple of miles from O Rosal the road begins to climb gently into the mountains. Built to harness the Picon and Folon rivers, the first mill dates from 1702, with 60 eventually completed. They remain well preserved and linked by a hiking trail. Despite their entirely functional purpose, they manage to have a wonderful symmetrical pattern in two areas. The trail sneaked up the Campo do Couto  mountain and the mills started to come into the view. They are in surprisingly good condition, with small irrigation channels running between them. The water usually runs directly through the mills, which…