Saturday, August 23, 2008

Ohara Japan- Gardens at Sanzenin Temple

The Sanzenin Temple in Ohara supposedly was founded by Saicho the founder of Tendai Buddhism. The views from the temple grounds are picturesque and the grounds lovely.

A view of nearby mountains from the temple grounds.

Another view of the mountains and a building on the property.

A view into the gardens. So lovely and peaceful.

The figures on the ground may be Jizo or Hotai.

These buddha figures represent donations made by many many people.

A peaceful walk down along a small waterfall.

Wow, red leaves on a small maple tree in mid May. Where I live in Vermont early leaf changes are, unfortunately caused by acid rain....


YTSL said...

Hi sbk --

Those Jizo or Hotai are amazing... To be honest, would find them rather eerie if I stumbled on them on my own but viewed from a photo, they look serene and wonderful.

sbk said...

hi ytsl,

When I first saw them I thought they were once larger figures that had fallen over but soon realized they were supposed to be there on the ground. That garden was so serene and wonderful.

YTSL said...

Hi again sbk --

So what exactly are Jizo and Hotai and why are you unsure which these figures are? (Also, surely I can't be the only person who opts to comment on your blog... ;S)

sbk said...

Hi ytsl,

To answer your question....I deleted a too lengthy an answer to be considered a comment and decided to do a blog about Jizo and Hotai instead. Hopefully this weekend :-)

A quick answer is that since only the head & a little of the shoulder is visible and it looks happy I guessed Jizo or Hotai who are depicted with happy faces. More of the figure needs to be visible for a better id. I think it's Jizo as he's very popular in Japan and Hotai's more popular with the Chinese.

The comment is long too........