Friday, March 7

Hase Kannon Temple (Hasedera)

After visiting the Great Buddha we walked a short while to the Hase Kannon Temple. This is a very picturesque temple sitting atop a hill with a great view of the surrounding area. Inside the main building is a very large ornate gilt wooden statue of an eleven headed goddess. The statute is 30 feet high, the tallest wooden sculpture in Japan. They allow people inside to view it but no cameras.

Whenever you walk up to a temple they have water to cleanse yourself. You dip the ladle in the water and pour it over your hands.

On the walk up to the temple there is an area full of small Jizo statues. Jizo is the guardian of children.

Here are a couple of pictures of the main temple.

Next to the temple is a Japanese cemetery.

Here are a few more pictures of different things on the temple grounds.

This is a very bored Buddha...

And finally I had to take a picture of this before I left.

The swastika is a sacred symbol in Buddhism.

I'll have more stuff later. I have more pictures than I know what to do with.

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