Kyoto: Otagi Nenbutsu-ji May 2018

Otagi Nenbutsu Temple outside of Arashiyama houses a collection of 1,200 whimsical statues representing the disciples of Buddha called rakans.  Kocho Nishimura, the head priest of the temple in 1955, who was also a master sculptor decided to instruct devotees to carve their own statues.  Since these stone rakans were carved by amateurs, each statue […]