In Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles there is a Shingon Buddhist temple on First Street called the Koyasan Buddhist Temple. Recently a statue was installed in front of the temple which is apparently in commemoration of the temples's 100th anniversary. The base of the statue says Shugyo Daishi.
I was curious if this was an alternative name for the founder of Shingon Buddhism in Japan, Kobo Daishi or Kukai. But my Google searches did not clearly tell me who Shugyo Daishi was. With the help of several people from the Samurai Archives, I learned that it appears the term Shugyo refers to some sort of pilgrimage or person who is on a path towards knowledge or enlightenment. It also appears that the Shugyo Daishi statue in front of the temple is Kobo Daishi while he was on a pilgrimage according to this website. If anybody out there has more knowledge regarding Shugyo or Shugyo Daishi, please share.
Below is what someone from the Samurai Archives provided. Very interesting.
hokubei kaikyô hyakunen kinen
Hundred-Year Anniversary of the Opening of the Teaching in North America.
The left side refers to the 4th (第４) completion （成満） of the Shikoku pigrimage （四国通路）, and then lists two names: Kurata Yasuo and Tomoko （倉田康男、智子）, as donors or benefactors (施主).
The last line names the head of the temple (I guess):
Leader (先達) of this branch temple (別院), 7th generation (第七世) Abbot (大僧正)... and then it gives the abbot's name 諦詮。
The right side names the temple: Koya-san (高野山) US (米国) Branch Temple (別院), followed by what I assume is another name:
Eighth Generation (大八世) Asahi (旭)Kiyosumidai (清澄代).