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Osu Kannon


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.

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Buddha’s House

An HDR photo of the main alter at a large temple in Okazaki. Buddha's house at Mikawa Betsuin!

The other day I was given a tour of a relatively new temple (new as in only a hundred and fifty years old) in Okazaki, [Mikawa Betsuin][], a pretty large temple near the downtown area of the city. It is a beautiful complex there.

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This weeks iPhone photo review: Temples, flowers, and some Engrish

This past week was a beautiful one in Japan. Spring is winding down and summer is starting. We have a few weeks until rainy season, so I’m making the most of it and taking tons of shots with my iPhone. Here are the best from this past week. Comments after each shot and click on any for a larger view.

Very blue flower

No idea what flower this is, but it looks nice, doesn’t it? I found this on one of my multi-hour walks getting lost in Okazaki.

house entrance

Houses cram as many flowers into the yard as they can. Often they spill out into the street. In America, neighbors would complain about this kind of thing. Here, everyone just enjoys it.

3-headed monk

A 3-headed monk outside of Ryukai-in Temple. I’ve never seen one of these before.

Temple gate

The gate to Ryukai-in. Ieyasu’s grandfather had an odd dream one night. He told a monk about it and the monk interpreted it to mean he would conquer all of Japan. He was so happy he built this temple. The monk was only off by a few generations.

monk gathering

Some lazy monks at the temple.


Entrance to the temple grave yard.

Engrish message

Some Engrish for your amusement

Strange statue

Found this guy outside a sake store. I suppose it is a drunk traveler.

Lost Shrine

The entrance to a shrine I found hidden in the forest.

shrine entrance

Moving into the shrine. Spooky

fox messenger

Whew, it’s safe. Only kitsune (foxes) live there.

Meaning of "wow"

In case you forgot what “wow” meant and were wondering.

Jizo Group

Yes, yet another temple. The monks at this one were having a little tea party.

old store

A random old shop.

As usual, if you enjoyed these, check out my flickr page for more.