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Shinshuu Ootaniha Daishin Kaizan Myoushyouji Temple (真宗大谷派大心海山明照寺) in Shizunami, Makinohara City!

The other day as I walked towards Shizunami beach from Shizunami bus station I noticed this Buddhist Temple along the way.
As I had plenty of time on hand and I was looking for some momentary shade from the blazing sun i decided to have a look around!


Contrary to Shinto shrines Buddhist temples have long names!
Shinshuu Ootaniha Daishin Kaizan Myoushyouji Temple or 真宗大谷派大心海山明照寺!


In the countryside the difference between temples and shrines is tenuous in architecture and facilities.
For example a hand washing stone basin is not that common in Buddhist Temples.


Now, this bell tower is typical of a Buddhist temple!


Lion guards also rend to of a different kind!


Certainly more elaborate!


And probably more gentle-looking!


The crest of the temple!


Grateful for the shade and the greenery!


Very old cicada tree, indeed!


The temple crest again!


Dragons don’t seem to worry about the creed!


A slightly mocking dragon!


A leery dragon?


Fine figurines on the splendid roofs!


What is their purpose?


back on the road…


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