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  • I biked to 白毫寺(Byakugo-ji temple) last week. It is at the east Nara and about 20km from my home. 白毫寺 is a little odd temple because its origin is not unknown. One more reason is that it has a buddha statue of 閻魔(Enma) - Yama, the king of hell.

    We know that we mustn't take a picture of buddha statues. But I wonder if almost people can't explain that reason. 閻魔 of 白毫寺 explains it very clearly:

    "Buddha statues is not for appriciating, but dedicating. It's an object of worship."

    Many of we Japanese are without religion but we believe buddhism more or less in the back of our minds. So I bought 手ぬぐい(tenugui) - the washcloth printed 閻魔. This picture is it. I said "Kawaii" finding it and the shopper said "Yes, everybody say so."
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