Misadventures with Miso

Misadventures with Miso

Monday, July 4, 2011

Thunder Gate

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It's pretty obvious I was heading to Senso-ji, Buddhist Temple dedicated to the bodhisattva Kannon. First would be going through Kaminarinmon, Thunder Gate.

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I love taking detail photos. Especially of things higher than one can see normally. My bad for not taking a photo from the front of the gate. Maybe my thinking was that so many people have taken one from that vantage point?

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The great lantern during the day. The word "thunder" is written on this side which is seen from the street.

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Amazing dragon carving at the bottom of the lantern.

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With storms you have wind. So on the south-east side of the gate there is Fujin, Shinto god of wind.

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The south-west side the Shinto god of thunder and storms, Raijin, stands.

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Walking through the gate from the street one sees two more statues. On the north-west side is the Buddhist goddess Kinryu.

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While the buddhist god Tenryu stands at the north-east side. Once again showing how there is no problem having Shinto and Buddhism coexist in Japan. Which in itself is a nice thing to contemplate.

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