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Posts tagged Tochoji 東長寺



Fukuoka’s Tochoji

Rock garden

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石庭 – 東長寺

Tochoji pagoda (東長寺 五重塔)

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Fukuoka’s five-story pagoda

I’m still in Mexico, but here is a photo from Japan for you. Tomorrow I have a 7-hour layover in LAX so I will process some more photos of Mexico for next week during that time.

Hell of Incessant Suffering (muken jigoku or 無間地獄)

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Hell of Incessant Suffering (無間地獄) @ 東長寺

I previously showed you Great Shrieking Hell at Fukuoka’s Tochoji. That place is nothing compared to the Hell of Incessant Suffering. Muken Jigoku is the most horrible of the eight hot hells. Go here and you will suffer without a moment’s respite. No one can escape this place. I suppose a miserable life isn’t so bad after all if you believe such a place exists.

Tochoji pagoda and Buddhist prayer beads

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Tochoji pagoda (Fukuoka, Japan)

According to wiki, Tochoji is most famous for having the largest statue of a seated Buddha in Japan. However, the one in Kamakura is several meters taller. Maybe they meant the largest wood statue of the Buddha. In any event, there is more to see at Tochoji, including the pagoda, pictured above, and the paintings of hell.

Great Shrieking Hell (Daikyokan Jigoku or 大叫喚地獄)

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Painting of Daikyokan Jigoku @ Fukuoka, Japan’s Tochoji

This painting represents one of the eight great hells of Buddhism. In this lovely place the tortures inflicted on the sinners are ten times as great as those in the four hells above them and the other sixteen subsidiary minor hells put together. The good news is that you are only stuck here for eight thousand years. The bad news is that one day in this hell is equal to eight thousand years in heaven, and one day in heaven is equal to eight hundred years in the human world.

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