JAPAN PHOTOS

By Philbert Ono

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Going to worship at Kinomoto Jizo-in temple.
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Giant Jizo statue overlooks food stalls within the temple grounds.
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Kids catching small colorful balls in the water with a paper net.
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You can exchange the balls with prizes (more balls = better prizes).
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Votive prayer tablets with frog design.
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Jizo statue
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On Hokkoku Kaido Road fronting the temple, more food/game stalls.
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Hokkoku Kaido Road
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Hokkoku Kaido Road
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Former bank building called Koyukan, now used for flea markets and other events. 交遊館
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Jizo-in entrance along the Hokkoku Kaido road. This is how it looks on normal days. These photos were taken in Jan.
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Entrance to Jizo-in or Joshinji temple. This is how the temple looks on less crowded days. 木之本地蔵院
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Kinomoto Jizo-in Hondo temple hall on the left and giant Jizo statue on the right. 木之本地蔵院
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Hondo 本堂 地蔵堂
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Stone lantern, giant Jizo, and temple bell
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Hondo 地蔵堂
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Flags and temple roof.
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Frog fountain
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Kawara roof tile donations. 奉納瓦
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Kawara roof tile donations, 2000 yen per tile. You get to write on it too. 奉納瓦
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Omikuji fortune paper tied to strings.
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Temple bell
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Jizo statue and temple bell
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Giant Jizo statue and incense burner, Kinomoto Jizo-in, Shiga 木之本地蔵院
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Giant Jizo statue stands 6 meters tall.
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Built in 1894 (Meiji 27), the Jizo statue is Japan's largest Jizo statue. 地蔵大銅像
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Giant Jizo statue. (Cannot go inside the statue.) 地蔵大銅像
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This statue is a large replica of the actual Jizo statue worshipped in the temple. 地蔵大銅像
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Base of giant Jizo statue
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Base of giant Jizo statue covered with frogs which help people receive divine blessings from the Jizo. 身代わり蛙
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Base of giant Jizo statue and frogs. Buy a frog for 1,000 yen and write your name and age on it and place it here. 身代わり蛙
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One eye is closed. For people with eye or vision/health problems, the frogs are trying to take their place and bear the problem while the Jizo is to give blessings to the person. 身代わり蛙
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Up view
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Profile view
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Back view of Jizo statue
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Hondo steps
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Inside temple hondo main hall
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Altar straight ahead.
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Red rope for ringing a bell.
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Ema votive tablets with Year of the Boar
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Side of Hondo main hall and entrance to the basement corridor. 御戒壇巡り
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Basement corridor of Hondo. Totally dark. Admission 300 yen. 御戒壇巡り
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Basement corridor of Hondo. 御戒壇巡り
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Stone monument
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Small Jizo statues out front
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Small Jizo statues
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Small Jizo statues
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Entrance to Amida-do temple which is next to the Jizo temple 阿弥陀堂
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阿弥陀堂
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Amida-do hall 阿弥陀堂
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Altar in Amida-do hall, Jizo-in, Kinomoto, Shiga 阿弥陀堂
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Inside Amida-do altar
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Inside Amida-do hall
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Torii
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Shrine
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Shoin 書院
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Shoin entrance and where Emperor Meiji rested. 書院
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Inside shoin 書院
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書院
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Shoin altar
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Shoin and garden
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Famous Japanese garden outside the shoin 文部省指定の名勝庭園
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Famous garden outside the shoin 文部省指定の名勝庭園
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Shoin
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Emperor Meiji's room in the shoin when he visited Kinomoto.
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Emperor Meiji's room. Notice the elevated tatami mat and footwear.
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Palanquins in the shoin
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Corridor to the back of the Hondo main hall. 地蔵尊縁起絵
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Jizo paintings 地蔵尊縁起絵
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Perfumed water?
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Ura-Jizo (Rear Jizo) at the back of the Hondo, now open to the public from Jan. 2007. 裏地蔵尊
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Temple walls as seen from the Hokkoku Kaido road.
 
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