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1000 incarnations of Kannon

By: crunchgodabruinknees

in Kyoto.

 temple built by the famous warlord Taira no Kiyomori for Emperor Go-Shirakawa in 1164, Sanjusangen-do is primarily famous for its 1,001 statues of the Goddess of Compassion Kannon in her thousand-armed incarnation along the entire length of the thirty-three ken (unit of measurement) hall from which the temple gets its moniker.  The temple complex used to be larger until a fire decimated it and only the main hall was rebuilt, but visitors are more than satisfied with the impressive contents of the long wooden structure.  Not only is the hall filled with the golden faces of a thousand Kannon, but 28 statues of Buddhist guardian deities also line the front row.  The hall itself shows its age in the many arrow notches that can be found in the wood on the edge of the building, proof of the Toshiya archery competition once held at the temple hundreds of years ago.

skip the golden Temple.

The admirals house is very cool.There are thousands of temples. Many small ones are cool.

Skip the shopping street in Kyoto.

I dont know the name of the area, but I went to some craftsmen workshops several times in Kyoto that were super cool.  

Tksuji  fish marke tin Tokyo is cool.  Dont fly to Kyoto--take the super express. Hiroshima is worth a visit.



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