26 September 2011

Hōkoku-ji (報国寺) in Kamakura

Hōkoku-ji (報国寺) in Kamakura is also known as Takedera or Bamboo Temple. Read more here.

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Main buildings at Hōkoku-ji

Temple bell at Hōkoku-ji

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Yagura or tombs at Hōkoku-ji.  Members of the Ashikaga family are buried here.

Small Zen garden at Jomyo-ji, another Rinzai temple a few minutes on foot from Hōkoku-ji

Kitsune at Maruyama Inari Shrine at Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū, also in Kamakura

Priests at Maiden at Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū

Here's a Google map. You should be able to see where to go if you enlarge it. A shows Hōkokuji's location.

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25 September 2011

Tokyo Sky Tree and a September sunrise



It looks as if the crane is hoisting the sun.

22 September 2011

Tokyo Sky Tree and sotoba

Sotoba (卒塔婆) or grave markers are wooden boards that are placed behind a grave. The person's posthumous Buddhist name or kaimyo (戒名) is written on this board. These photos were taken at Yanaka Cemetery.


Tokyo Sky Tree after the typhoon