three from Shitennoji

11Jan10

I’ve written about Shitennoji temple before, but these three photographs form such a nice set on their own that I decided to add a separate post.  Osaka’s Shitennoji, founded in 593 CE by the ubiquitous Prince Shotoku, is the oldest state-sanctioned Buddhist temple in Japan.  Shitennoji is dedicated to the Four Heavenly Kings — the guardians of the four compass directions — who Prince Shotoku implored for help before a major battle from which he emerged victorious.  Near the torii entrance gate is a stone post that’s carved with the words “Buddhism arrived here for the first time in Japan.”

All photographs were taken using a Holga 120CFN loaded with Kodak TMY400.



No Responses Yet to “three from Shitennoji”

  1. Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s