Category Archives: Buddhist temples

Shinshuu Ootaniha Daishin Kaizan Myoushyouji Temple (真宗大谷派大心海山明照寺) in Shizunami, Makinohara City!

The other day as I walked towards Shizunami beach from Shizunami bus station I noticed this Buddhist Temple along the way.
As I had plenty of time on hand and I was looking for some momentary shade from the blazing sun i decided to have a look around!

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Contrary to Shinto shrines Buddhist temples have long names!
Shinshuu Ootaniha Daishin Kaizan Myoushyouji Temple or 真宗大谷派大心海山明照寺!

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In the countryside the difference between temples and shrines is tenuous in architecture and facilities.
For example a hand washing stone basin is not that common in Buddhist Temples.

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Now, this bell tower is typical of a Buddhist temple!

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Lion guards also rend to of a different kind!

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Certainly more elaborate!

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And probably more gentle-looking!

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The crest of the temple!

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Grateful for the shade and the greenery!

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Very old cicada tree, indeed!

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The temple crest again!

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Dragons don’t seem to worry about the creed!

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A slightly mocking dragon!

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A leery dragon?

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Fine figurines on the splendid roofs!

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What is their purpose?

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back on the road…

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Houtaiji Temple in Shizuoka City: Unusual Sights

As an agnostic I avoid the subject of religion as much as I can.
But that does not prevent me to consider the historical and cultural side of it as long as it has to offer interesting photography!

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Just I walked past Houtai Temple/宝泰寺 founded in 1381 in the name of Houtaizen temple, I noticed the side portal open. I decided to take a peek!

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I was first tempted to take photographs of the garden, but I noticed some strange/unusual statues!

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There were a lot of small statues in pairs, so they must be all symbolic.
A child preventing his “mount” to see?

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Disappearing into eternity or going back to it?

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Now, what is that dachshund doing here?

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A fetus position and a stretching position?

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Shaking Hands?

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Wishing to become a teddy bear!

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Shyness?

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Worry?

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This is quite unusual for a Buddhist temple and more readily found in Shinto Shrines: Tokugawa ieaysu’s Crest!

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A goblin on the roof/

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Dragons?

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Even tiny ones?

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So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pie
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, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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