Sunday, February 18, 2018

Kaiganji, temple 29 on the Kyushu Pilgrimage


Located in a small fishing village at the edge of Tsukimi on the coast of southern Oita, Kaiganji is the 29th of the 108 Shingon temples on the Kyushu Pilgrimage and was quite a surprise with a wide range of statuary and features.


I am always fascinated by the eclectic groupings of god, buddhas, mythical creatures, and pop characters found at small shrines.........


One building was very much in a SE Asian style and enshrined a Yaku Yoke Taishi for the prevention of personal disasters.....


The wooden fish "gong" was quite impressive...... nowadays often only found at Zen temples.....


A Kannon on the edge of a pond,.... a large white elephant,..... a small shrine in a cave above the temple..... quite a range of unusual things to see......

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