Inside the giant Daibutsu at Kamakura, Kanagawa. The top photo is a view looking up into the head of the Daibutsu. Notice the thick brown fibre glass repairs that have been applied. The bottom photo shows the rear of the statue with the ventilation windows open.
Shugenja about to perform sword cuts in the four directions to dispel evil spirits. Akibasan Gongen Hibuse Matsuri, Ryogaku-in, Odawara, Kanagawa.
Sweets at Fujiya Restaurant, Hiratsuka, Kanagawa.
Dainagon zuka in Yamatokōriyama, Nara, Nara Prefecture - the grave of Toyotomi Hidenaga (1540 –1591), the half-brother of the great warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536-1598). His court title was Dainagon (大納言).
He led Hideyoshi’s forces into Satsuma Province, contributing heavily to his half-brother’s victories in gaining control of Kyūshū.
Regarded as Hideyoshi’s brain and right-arm, without his cunning and organisational skills Hideyoshi would not have been the great unifier that he was.
A Shugenja awaits the dying down of the fire before performing a fire walk across the hot coals.
The rest of us await his lead, and then line up to shamble slowly across the coals one by one.
House of a mountain god. Ryogaku-in, Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture.
Shugenja (yamabushi) at the Akibasan Gongen Hibuse Matsuri, Ryogaku-in, Odawara, Kanagawa prefecture.
The statues of Ashikaga Yoshimitsu and the Buddha inside the Golden pavilion in Kyōto are not allowed to be photographed. Photographs of these statues would interfere with their power to answer the prayers of the faithful!
All over Mount Õyama there are hundreds of Jizō statues. Some are hidden by foliage, others are easy to see. Many date back to the Kamakura period (1185–1333).
Fudō Myō-ō, the immovable Buddhist god. Õyama dera, Õyama, Isehara, Kanagawa.
Õyama dera, founded in 755 by Rōben, the head priest of Tōdai Temple in Nara. Õyama, Isehara, Kanagawa.
Jizō bosatsu. Õyama dera, Õyama, Isehara, Kanagawa.
Dragon fountain. Õyama dera, Õyama, Isehara, Kanagawa.
“Mos no Natsumi” the new healthy burger from MOS BURGER. It’s a burger with a patty and relishes between fresh lettuce rather than bread buns.
There are 6 different “Mos no Natsumi” burgers:
Beef patty with vegetables and sauce ¥320
Pork cutlet ¥340
Teriyaki chicken ¥320
Avaiable from April 23rd until the beginning of September.
Lotteria’s new “Q-Story Cheese Burger” to celebrate the anime Evangelion Shin Gekijōban: Q.
The name is a play on words. The burger has nine patties - that’s pronounced kyū in Japanese.