I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – when in a house of worship, be it church, temple or shrine (and probably mosque and synagogue, too, but I wouldn’t know for sure), take a minute and look up. Continue reading “Ceiling Dragon”
The same Jizo from yesterday, but close up. Continue reading “Jizo’s Closeup”
In the Butsu-den—the main temple building—at Kencho-ji, sits an unusually large statue of Jizo. Continue reading “Saviour of Souls”
Whether you’re in a church, temple or shrine, you should always take a minute to check out the ceiling. Continue reading “Painted Ceilings”
Jizo statues are all over the place in Japan. He’s the “protector of children, expectant mothers, firemen, and travelers. Most of all, he is the protector of deceased children, including miscarried, aborted or stillborn infants.” (“Jizo Bosatsu: Bodhisattva of Deceased Children,” Barbara O’Brien, About.com)
This ever-so-cute Jizo was crouched along the path at Meigeitsu-in.
Small fox figurines are a dime a dozen in Kamakura, thanks to Yoritomo Minamoto’s dedication to Oinari san, a god who takes on the appearance of a fox (more on that another day).
These little foxes live at Yakumo Shrine.
Kamakura isn’t just temples, shrines and surfers–it’s also home to a few hiking trails. Continue reading “Daibutsu-Kuzuharaoka Hiking Course”
Meigeitsu-in’s famous view: the circle in the wall. Continue reading “Hole in the Wall”
These colourful fall decorations were sprinkled around the Meigetsu-in grounds. Continue reading “Autumn Decorations”
Meigetsu-in again. I just love these stairs. Continue reading “Stair Climbing”