Climb the steps and enter the temple of Hisako.
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In today’s post, I muse about the mixture of old and new in Japan. Also, vending machines and cars at temples!
A look up at the altar of Mikawa Betsuin, a temple I’ve talked about before. The altars of these temples often aren’t as fancy as this one.
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.
Look up on the top of this temple roof—it’s a demon! Wonder what he’s doing up there…
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.
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.
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.
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.
A 3-headed monk outside of Ryukai-in Temple. I’ve never seen one of these before.
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.
Some lazy monks at the temple.
Entrance to the temple grave yard.
Some Engrish for your amusement
Found this guy outside a sake store. I suppose it is a drunk traveler.
The entrance to a shrine I found hidden in the forest.
Moving into the shrine. Spooky
Whew, it’s safe. Only kitsune (foxes) live there.
In case you forgot what “wow” meant and were wondering.
Yes, yet another temple. The monks at this one were having a little tea party.
A random old shop.
As usual, if you enjoyed these, check out my flickr page for more.