Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Japan sketchbook - 6

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Hase Temple
Watercolour and crayon
©2015 Charlene Brown

This Buddhist temple is most famous for its 9 m. tall gilded statue of Kannon, the goddess of Mercy – one of the largest wooden sculptures in Japan.  The temple also includes an underground cave, the Benzaiten Grotto, and a garden with hundreds of poignant little stone Jizo statues – some laughing, but all tragic – placed there by grieving parents.

There is also a spectacular cliff-top outlook to the sea, with this uni-lingual but easily understood warning about aggressive kites .