Sunday, May 3, 2009

The Sanju Sangendo Temple Hall

Because we were not allowed to take photos inside, we used
these photos scanned from a brochure so that is why the pictures are not clear.
This is the god of wind.

This is the god of thunder. The images of these gods are derived from people's fear of and gratitude for nature in the old days.

There are 1000 small standing buddha statues made of Japanese cypress. 124 were made in the 12th century when this temple was founded, and the remaining 876 were made in the 13th centruy when the temple was renovated.

This is the large sitting buddha statue that is considered a National Treasure. He is in the center of the 1000 standing buddhas.

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