Day 60

Day 60: Buddha Ichiban

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Two of my favorite temples reside in Kyoto, the first one, Fushimi Imari, I’ll save for another post, but my other, Otagi Nenbutsu-ji, is this sweet little temple hidden in the western hills of Kyoto close to the Arashiyama bamboo forest.

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Unlike it’s more prominent counterparts like Kiyomizu-dera or Kinkaku-ji, this Buddhist temple is known for the 1200 stone rakan, followers of Buddha, scattered and grouped throughout the vicinity. The rakan are hand-carved statues with varying depictions from two friends drinking, to one with his dog, another with a tennis racket, and another with boxing gloves.

 

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