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  • Thumbnail for Hasedera - Shrine at foot of main temple hall
    Hasedera - Shrine at foot of main temple hall

    Approaching the main hall from the stairs one can see this small shrine to the left. Behind it is the massive main hall.

  • Thumbnail for Hasedera - Image of Kobo Daishi
    Hasedera - Image of Kobo Daishi

    This is the interior of the Kobo Daishi Hall.

  • Thumbnail for Hasedera - Ema before main shrine
    Hasedera - Ema before main shrine

    Here hang the b&quoema," or tablets upon which faithful write personal wishes that they want the deity of the shrine to assist in fulfilling. These hang just in front of the shrine, which is behind and to the right of the photographer here.

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    Hasedera - View from front entrance of sub-temple

    This lovely sub-temple at Hasedera (same one as picture 24), offers a fine glimpse from its entrance way down a long corridor of the back garden.

  • Thumbnail for Hasedera - Interior of Kobo Daishi Hall
    Hasedera - Interior of Kobo Daishi Hall

    This is the chandelier-like canopy above the statue of Kobo Daishi, in which are carved images of various Buddhas.

  • Thumbnail for Hasedera - Close-up view of main hall
    Hasedera - Close-up view of main hall

    A close-up of the main hall as seen from the sub-temple in cocrejpn0024. Note the bell tower at the top of the stairway to the right.

  • Thumbnail for Hasedera - Five-layered pagoda
    Hasedera - Five-layered pagoda

    This view of Hasedera's lovely pagoda, or stupa, is from the balcony of the main hall, where a bell is visible hanging from the corner of an eave.

  • Thumbnail for Hasedera - Shrine
    Hasedera - Shrine

    The main shrine at Hasedera is comprised of two buildings. To the left is a larger structure (cocrejpn0061) adjacent to which on the right is this smaller one.

  • Thumbnail for Hasedera - Plaza beside main hall
    Hasedera - Plaza beside main hall

    This plaza connects the bell tower, main hall, and temple shop.

  • Thumbnail for Shrine stairs with torii
    Shrine stairs with torii

    These stairs lead from the main street to a small shrine in the forest behind the houses visible to the right.

  • Thumbnail for Tour group at Koyasan
    Tour group at Koyasan

    The guide (arms up in green shirt) leads a tour through the forest path enroute to Okunoin.

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  • Thumbnail for View from portico of Garan building
    View from portico of Garan building

    This is the view from the portico of one of the old temple structures along the path toward the center of the Garan. In the distance is the large Lecture Hall, and to the left is the oldest standing structure, the Fudo Hall, which dates from the 12th century.

  • Thumbnail for Koyasan bell
    Koyasan bell

    The high roof covers a large bronze bell that is rung hourly. It can be heard throughout the entire town. When Kukai founded Koyasan in the early ninth century, he sought contributions to build a similar bell and argued that temple bells are a vital part of the community.

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    New grave marker

    This new stone rests on a site that must have held a much older marker before. I believe the inscription on the sphere reads, "Meet together in one place," which would refer to a belief that some Buddhists have that they will join together after death in the Pure Land of the Buddha Amida.

  • Thumbnail for The Saito or Western Stupa in the Garan
    The Saito or Western Stupa in the Garan

    This plain wood stupa adjacent to the larger Daito is known as the Western Stupa or Saito.

  • Thumbnail for Shrine along the path
    Shrine along the path

    This old shrine must have been dedicated to the ancestors of a family. It also has the torii entrance.

  • Thumbnail for Kongobuji temple facade
    Kongobuji temple facade

    A carved dragon such as this one can be found adorning many temple buildings in Japan.

  • Thumbnail for Path from Kongobuji to the Garan complex
  • Thumbnail for Old tree stump with offerings near Okunoin.
    Old tree stump with offerings near Okunoin.

    An example of the reverence for nature, particularly in its more awesome guises, is the placement of coins (mostly the equivalent of pennies) on top of this stump, which likely was a tree over four hundred years old.

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    Hall of lights

    This newer structure, adjacent to the mausoleum, houses thousands of lamps donated by faithful in memory of their loved ones. The hall surpasses in scale, but perhaps not in grace, the mound of statues to the right dedicated to the spirits of the unremembered.

  • Thumbnail for Bathing statues in Okunoin
    Bathing statues in Okunoin

    Each of the deities in this line of Buddhist images receives water from the ladles of numerous visitors. They also receive an occasional cap and bib.

  • Thumbnail for Gravesite for the UCC Coffee Company
    Gravesite for the UCC Coffee Company

    Complete with cup and saucer, this site is dedicated to workers at one of Japan's largest coffee manufacturers.

  • Thumbnail for Imperial burial ground
    Imperial burial ground

    Between the Tamagawa and the mausoleum (on the left when facing the mausoleum) is this gated burial space reserved for members of Japan's Imperial family.

  • Thumbnail for Close-up of bathing Jizo
    Close-up of bathing Jizo

    This is the same Jizo image as in photo 184.