Saturday, March 14, 2009
Yakushi Nyorai is the Japanese name for the Buddha of Medicine & Healing.
These statues, about 25cms tall, are at the Ichibata Yakushi Temple between lake Shinji and the Japan Sea coast up in Izumo.
Ichibata Yakushi is primarily known as a temple to pray at for eye problems.
Originally of the Tendai sect, it is known as a Rinzai temple, but actually it is the head of its own "religious corporation", with 31 temples nationwide.
Not sure exactly how many little statues there are, but it runs into the many thousands.