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Mt. Takao jizo

高尾山 地蔵 mt takao jizo topaz

高尾山の地蔵 (January 2010)

Tochoji

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Tochoji’s Buddharupas (Fukuoka, Japan)

The sign at my feet as I took today’s photo said, in English, “Do Not Enter. Buddhists Only.”, as if the ability to read English automatically makes a person not a Buddhist.

Koyasan Stone Lanterns

koyasan stone lanterns okunoin

Okunoin entrance

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菊の御紋

京都御所 Kyoto Imperial Palace kiku Chrysanthemum Seal

Chrysanthemum Seal @ Kyoto Imperial Palace

Toshogu five-story pagoda

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Nikkō Tōshō-gū pagoda (May 2010)

The original five-story pagoda was donated by a daimyo in 1650, but it was burned down during a fire and was rebuilt in 1818. Each story represents an element: earth, water, fire, wind, and the void.