Hello, Black Sheep, Have you any wool?
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Todai-ji, Nara, Japan
The Fukukenjaku Kannon in the Sangatsu-do of Todai-ji stands 12 feet high. It dates to 746 and is made of dry lacquer. The Kannon is flanked by Nikko (right) and Gakko (left) – see previous page. This form of Kannon has eight arms. The statue bears a rather alarming expression for such a compassionate being.
“Fukukenjaku” means “never empty lasso.” It refers to the coil of rope which the Kannon holds in one of his lower arms (viewer’s right). Kannon uses this rope to catch straying souls and lead them to salvation. The lasso is found in other multi-armed forms of Kannon as well.
18 Mar 2014 Leave a comment
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Gion Matsuri in Kyoto (Kyoto Gion Festival)
This parade of the festival carts called “Yamaboko” is held on 17th of July and the most picturesque of all festival attractions in Japan.
16 Jan 2014 Leave a comment
Fujisan – Sacred Place and Source of Artistic Inspiration
Registered on the World Heritage List by UNESCO in 2013
18 Dec 2013 Leave a comment