A lantern from Osu Kannon. If that name isn’t familiar to you, read on to learn more about it.
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He seems happy, eh? Must be the offering of saké.
In today’s post, a short look at the coolest place in Nagoya: Osu.
Does his expression look a little irite to you? It does to me. Maybe the other monks were picking on him.
Kannon looking down and passing out her blessings.
This is one of my favorite shots ever, and wouldn’t you know it… it was taken with the crappy 2MP camera of my iPhone 3G. Not the ideal camera to capture such a scene, but you make do with what you have (or as as [Chase Jarvis] puts it, “The best camera is the one that’s with you”)
I can hear the opening in my head now: But I took them away from all that and now they work for me. Ah? My name is Siddhartha1. Ok, maybe not, but really, it couldn’t be any worse than the show. And I think one of those Angels up there looks just a little like Farrah.
Osu Kannon is one of the more famous temples in Nagoya. It’s real name is Kitanosan Shinpuku-ji Hōshō-in, but everyone knows it as Osu Kannon. It is dedicated to the Boddhisatva Kannon, also known as Avalokitesvara, the Buddha of Compassion.
This bell shape is a common design to find at temples. Nice looking. This was taken at a small temple called Manshouji (満性寺), but that isn’t so important as this is a common design at all temples.
Afew days ago I showed the photo of a shrine lion, the symbol of the Buddha, or his teachings anyways. Here is another shrine lion (獅子 / shishi), along with an elephant. Unlikely friends, eh?
Here we have the Buddha, just chilling out in the wild, sitting on his lotus blossom chair and meditating away on whatever it is that buddhas meditate about: How to save poor, unenlightened jokers like myself, I hope.
They are actually boddhisatvas, I think, which you might think of as something of a Buddhist Saint. There are a lot of these guys. Go read more here if interested. It’s kind of neat to see all these statues lined up like this.
The head temple priest often married and has a family in Japan, despite what you may think. And usually he has a very nice, often very big house. From what I’ve been told, it’s something of a lucrative business being a Buddhist priest in Japan. If you are curious, this is from a Shingon temple.
There is something special about these stone lanterns. I love the look of them.
Many people in the West commonly confuse this jolly, laughing fellow with the Buddha, often calling him The Fat Buddha. I know I did when I was young. Those who are a little more familiar with Buddhism call him The laughing Buddha. His name is Budai, or Hotei in Japanese, and he was a Chinese zen monk around 900 AD. Some schools considered him an incarnation of Maitreya, the future Buddha.