Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Tokyo Day 2: Hasedera Temple

After the Daibutsu we visited Hasedera Temple, built in 686, which belongs to the Jodo Buddhism sect (I'm pretty sure). This is the entry gate. The pitched roofs of the temple.
These three long bamboo pipes poured water down onto stones in one of the garden ponds.
Here's Caitlin sitting under the hanging wisteria, which were in full bloom and smelled great.
This isn't the best picture, but just before I took it there was about a 3 year old little boy looking at these koi. As he walked away he said, "O-sakana-san, bye bye!" (bye bye mister fish).
This is an area of Hasedera devoted to Jizo Bodhisattva--the Buddhist patron saint of women, children and travelers. The hundreds of tiny Jizo statues memorialize and watch over unborn children.
This is a Jizo statue standing in a stream with a bamboo dipper next to it. It is wet because everyone takes a dipper of water and pours it over the Jizo's head.
A small bamboo grove on the Hasedera temple grounds.
A panorama view of the sea from Hasedera.
This is not Hasedera--this is a Shinto temple that we went to afterwards, also in Kamakura, but I don't remember the name of it.
The giant tree at the Shinto temple with it's huge twisted straw rope and paper streamers. Here is a link to another blog I found that also has lots of cool pictures of the places we went in Kamakura, and some places we didn't go to.