Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Concrete Tree

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Josen-Ji, the temple from yesterdays post has a most unusual piece of art. A concrete Giant Cedar!!!

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The Hamada Expressway passes overhead, and one of the massive support pillars was built on the temple property, so they decided to decorate it. The original idea was to paint a tree onto the pillar, but for various reasons it was considered impractical, so instead they chose to cast a relief onto the pillar. The priest told me how much it cost, but I forget except it was a huge sum.

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6 comments:

  1. Are the characters for "jomon" the same as 縄文杉 in Yakushima?

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  2. That is really beautiful. What a good idea. More people should do that.

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  3. What a beautiful concept. The concrete tree looks very nice. Keep blogging and thanks.

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  4. ...Japanese have a wonderful sense of beauty...

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