Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Tachibana-dera Temple (birthplace of Prince Shotoku)

An enthusiastic promoter of Buddhism, Prince Shotoku established 7 temples in total in his life. This is said to be one of them, and is regarded as the place Prince Shotoku was born. In the 8th century when the temple was founded, it had 66 halls in its precincts. However, now all that remains is the foundation stones of the pagodas and buildings. In the precincts is a marble stone carved with two human faces expressing good and evil.

A bronze statue to the horse that carried Prince Shotoku.

Statues representing the two faces of good and evil (Nimenseki).

Tachibana-dera Temple

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