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Osaka. Shitennoji Temple

Nefer • 5 minutes read • October 12th, 2016
By the way, 

Shitenno-ji

 is the first officially founded temple of Japan. It is more than 1400 years old! Of course the temple constructions repeatedly suffered from fires and wars, but each time, they were restored again. It is said that the pagoda and the main gate are the same as they used to be in the VI century. You have to go to the Tennoji station, and then there are 10 minutes on foot. I do not know what it is on the picture. It looks like a mass grave.
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This construction caught my attention.
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That's what the building that hasn't passed through the reconstruction means. Temple seems dull and dusty.
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And here are sunbathing turtles!
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Unpainted pillars look shabby. All the temples I've seen before were either bright or of darkened untreated wood. This one stands aside.
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There's some deck in front of the temple.
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The territory is pretty open, it's not overgrown with trees, as it often happens. On the contrary, there are almost no trees. We hiked, walked, looked at everything, it's interesting.
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Here's some revered monk. Unfortunately I do not know anyone except Kobo Daishi. It is he?
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Here is a curious thing. You can give it a twiddle. What is it?
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Here you can see the wheel on the left, and there's the same one on the right.
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Here are small figurines.
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It looks like a drum with a prayer.
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Here's another "Kobo Daishi".
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Why there's a rope stretching to him?
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Here's the five-storied pagoda! And you can climb up! At the entrance, you must take off your shoes - and you can climb the stairs. I've never been inside the pagoda, it was cool. However, you are not allowed to take pictures there, unfortunately.
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Across the territory, there are galleries. Here are lanterns. I suppose they are with names.
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Here's the closed gate, and behind it - there's some building with a gold strobile.
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Here's a temple opposite the pagoda.
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And here are guards-devas. One has closed lips, the other (which is on the right)  has an open mouth. They look like saying "a" and "hum", which symbolizes the beginning and the end. They also differ in the position of hands and color. Surely this also means something. I would also like to find out who they are and why the statues are always set at the entrance to the temple grounds. The image of the devas is widespread in Turkic folklore. However it is an evil character there.
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Here's omikuji fortune telling. These are predictions that people didn't like. Usually, ropes are extended on the stand, and in this temple, we can see some original design.
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Here's another puzzle.
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We are going to the exit. Turtles are swimming.
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This is a bell tower. This hieroglyph means "North", if I'm not mistaken.
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Here are jizo statues.
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It's an interesting place. And we're going to

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Osaka. Sumiyoshi Taisha

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Author: Nefer
Source: neferjournal.livejournal.com
Translated by: Olesya Zhukova

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