Another day at Naritasan Shinshoji Temple

Decided to have another look around the temple today. Seeing how big it is, we’ll probably still be spotting new things after 10-15 visits.
I saw this map at the complex which gives an idea how big it all is.

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Anyways, we started out with the Bikin Hippy walking up the main stairs (the ones that take you to the turtle ponds I showed in the previous temple post) while I pushed The Smurg up to the elevator to the main Temple plaza.

We had a look at one of the smaller temples and this tree is one of the most intriguing sights I have come across recently

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Wondering if the tree:
1. Got burned
2. Got hit by a …. and hurt
3. Sprained something
4. Is dressed up for Halloween

Ok none of those is serious, and I’m not sure why the tree is bandaged. Tried looking for the friendly guide we saw last time but no luck.

We actually sat in the main temple and followed part of the Buddhist ceremony held at noon.
The Smurg was quite intrigued by the drummers.
No photography allowed, so as a good girl I behaved.
Did however capture this shot of one of them leaving afterwards

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Notice his clogs/sandals? Somehow the look a lot less comfortable than when I spotted them outside the temple

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I also spotted this tiny plant in the pebbles, the leaves smaller than the nail on my little finger

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but pretty, don’t you think? The rusty-brown against the grey.

Another interesting thing was these stacks of tablets with 2 pronged carrot carved on them.
Google was helpless in providing info about the meaning of them.

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For the 1st time we decided to check out the gardens behind the temples, and they are lovely. Pity it was overcast and drizzling, so the pictures are a little dark and dull.

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This one reminds me of something out of LoTRs, a little scary and dark, any moment a root could jump up and grab you

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Another scary one

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Path across the pond, just outside the Museum of Calligraphy

And lastly, but definitely not important, a couple of pictures of those who keep this park so wonderful. You quickly forget that the prettily shaped trees, the perfectly horizontal branches and cloud trees are nothing more than the result of a man’s vision, a pair of secateurs and a whole lot of patience.

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Gardener removing weeds

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Sometimes a ladder just won’t reach high enough! I really liked this moment, as you never think of using a cherrypicker to trim your trees, at least I didn’t. I balance precariously on one foot on a ladder stretching out as far as I can. Anything above that reach simply doesn’t exist

G’night again all

*R*

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tari
    May 25, 2012 @ 23:41:04

    Another set of beautiful pictures!! I just LOVE thier gardens!!! Thanks again!

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  2. Phyllis B
    May 25, 2012 @ 23:49:45

    Wow the Temple site is huge.Much time could be spent there…I wonder why the tree is in bandages..lol..Thats is a fascinating question to ask the guide….Seeing all that goes on.In the keeping things looking neat,is amazing..The photos are so wonderful to see.I love the ones with all the roots..They would be fun do use in some doll photo shoots..lol..Thanks for another fun trip..

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  3. VivianaAyre
    May 26, 2012 @ 00:15:36

    Absolutely lovely pictures! 🙂

    Reply

  4. Joan
    May 26, 2012 @ 08:48:14

    Thhank you again for sharing.
    Joan

    Reply

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