Saturday, June 5, 2010

Takano-Ji inside

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Inside Takano-Ji is like stepping into another world. The ceiling is painted with bright murals of dragons.

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All the colums and architectural details are also brightly painted.

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If this was in Kyoto there would be a hefty entrance fee and crowds of people.

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Above the main altar a huge mandala.

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There are some amazing statues. I think this must be one of the Shitenno, the four heavenly kings.

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There is also a collection of paintings.

One could easily spend hours taking it all in.

1 comment:

  1. Amazing photos... intense colours. You're right - if it were in Kyoto, it'd be on the tourist map and there'd be a steady stream of visitors. Perhaps it's good to have preserved some of the more original (non-touristy) places for those able and willing to explore...not to mention the local people that don't have to join the queues.

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