View looking eastward across Tiananmen Square to Tiananmen (The Gate of Heavenly Peace), with Mao portrait and signs reading "Long live the Communist Party of China" [left] and "Long Live The Great Unification of the People of the World"
The Miedo, meaning "Hall of the Honorable Portrait," houses an ancient portrait of Kukai, Koyasan's ninth century founder, said to have been painted by his disciple.
This meal includes, on the left tray: tofu made from sesame dressed in wasabi and soy sauce; tempura fried vegetables, noodles in broth and several kinds of pickle. On the right tray is: plate with tofu, pumpkin, lotus root and other vegetables; roasted eggplant basted with a light and a dark miso (fermented soy) paste; tiny mountain vegetables in a vinegar dressing with a dried plum; watermelon. The meal comes with plenty of rice and tea. Sake and beer are also available.
The Great Pagoda (Daito) is the most striking structure within the Garan complex in the western central part of Koyasan. The pagoda stands over 150 feet tall (48.5 meters). These pilgrims, who travel as a group in their white garb and are accompanied by priests in black robes, pray before the entrance of the pagoda toward the huge Buddha images inside.
This temple complex is the headquarters for the Koyasan Shingon denomination. The founder Kukai seems to have built a structure in this location back in the 9th century; the present buiding is only a few centuries old. Next door to the temple is a cluster of more modern looking buildings that houses the administrative center for the denomination, which has branch temples all throughout Japan.
This is the front gate at one of the many temples in Koyasan. Centuries ago there may have been horsecarts or rickshaws inside the courtyard but today we see only cars.
This monument is made of thousands of small statues of the deity Jizo, who specializes in helping the souls of children who died prematurely.
Across the bridge and down the path we can see visitors gathered at the foot of the stairs to Kobo Daishi's mausoleum.
This small shrine on a street corner is typical of many one finds on urban as well as rural streets in Japan.
This is the same mound in other photos viewed here from a distance.
Near the main shrine at Okunoin people stop to pray before, and pour water over, these Buddhist images.
tiananmen Square, including the Mao Mausoleum and Monument to the People's Heroes, seen looking south across Chang An avenue.
Built in 1958 on the eastern edge of tiananmen Square, the 69,000 sq. m. National Museum Building (Bowuguan daxia) houses both the Museum of Chinese History (Zhongguo lishi bowuguan) and the Museum of the Chinese Revolution (Zhongguo geming bowuguan).
Just two of thousands of these little statues along the path to Okunoin.
Street in northwest Beijing's Haidian district during autumn afternoon.
Day trippers climb the Western Hills (Xishan) northwest of Beijing.
Bas-relief of the Wuchang Uprising of 10 October 1911, which led to the overthrow of the Qing dynasty. The relief is one of eight revolutionary events depicted on the base of the Monument to the People's Heroes in tiananmen Square, completed 1958.
Lion statues flank the stairs to the Gate of Heavenly Purity (Qianqing men), entrance to the three rear, or inner, palaces of the Forbidden City situated to the north of the Hall of Supreme Harmony, Imperial Palace.
The sun sets over Beijing's Western Hills, silhouetting the hills and towers of the Summer Palace.
Stacks of coal pucks lined up outside a Beijing residence on an autumn afternoon presage the arrival of winter. Coal burning as a fuel and heat source greatly contributed to Beijing's smoggy winter skies.