Misadventures with Miso

Misadventures with Miso

Monday, April 25, 2011

The Pagoda at Gotokuji



As in larger temple complexes, there are a number of different shrines. Gotokuji's main temple is for Ii Naosuke, a well known figure in Japanese history. But one of the larger shrines there is this Buddhist pagoda which has a quite delightful appearance to it.



The rooftop spire





But it's not until one gets closer that you can see what makes this pagoda so delightful.



For way up high we see just below the carving of Buddha a trio of Maneki Neko



And at the level just below that, more animal figures.



In fact one for each of the Zodiac. Here is Tiger. The photo above has Sheep, Horse and Snake.



Ox.



Boar. Very nicely painted and the grain of the wood enhances the look. Also cute little piglets!



Rabbit. And all the other figures are there. I would love to go back and take photos with a good long-range lens.



And in good Buddhist philosophy, in this zodiac the mice and the cat get along here .
(this is my favorite with the animals plus a sakura tree behind them, so lovely!)



So just a short photo post of this lovely pagoda at Gotokuji in Setagaya. Hope you enjoyed it. From March, 2008.

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