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Temple of 1,200 Rakans #1

Posted by
Hiro (Kyoto, Japan) on 1 October 2012 in Architecture.

Temple gate of 愛宕念仏寺 Otagi Nenbutsu-ji temple
September 29, 2012 @ 愛宕念仏寺

Rakan (or Arakan) means a disciple of Buddha. It is said that 500 disciples attended when Buddha passed away. And it is also said another 700 disciples are gathered 100 years after Buddha's death to confirm Buddhism doctrine. So, Rakans are often chosen as a motif of pictures and sculptures.
This temple has 1,200 statues of Rakans. I cannot help telling you a story of 1,200 Rakans in this temple.
to be continued...

SIGMA DP1 Merrill 1/160 second F/4.5 ISO 200

Please leave your comments.

*MЯG* from Tehran, Iran

nice shot nice ji temple ;)

1 Oct 2012 6:29am

Hans ter Horst from Ruislip, United Kingdom

Looking forward to the rest of the series!

1 Oct 2012 7:02am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Magnifique cadrage et superbe temple. Très belle image. Bonne journée.

1 Oct 2012 7:32am

Nina from Haute Loire, France

Great framing...For an interesting temple!

1 Oct 2012 7:51am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I love how you set this scene and its environment, the pine trees seem so fitting.

1 Oct 2012 11:07am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

A very beautiful composition !

1 Oct 2012 11:38am

Alan44 from France

Quelle beauté cette architecture,richesse du patrimoine et mémoire de culture.

1 Oct 2012 11:42am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!
Beautiful frame & colors!

1 Oct 2012 11:56am

tataray from france, France

Magnifique temple.
Beau cadrage.)

1 Oct 2012 12:04pm

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

lovely frame - I look forward to the story of the Rakans!

1 Oct 2012 12:05pm

Z from Shanghai, China

looks like a well preserved building !

1 Oct 2012 12:13pm

yalda from Iran, Iran

lovely frame
beautiful composition !

1 Oct 2012 1:56pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Very beautiful composition! Excellent framing!

1 Oct 2012 3:17pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel captage de ce temple quel entrée sueprbe architecture.

1 Oct 2012 3:31pm

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

What peacefull is this Jap.temple

1 Oct 2012 6:31pm

Eric C. from Ivry sur Seine, France

Great frame !

1 Oct 2012 6:33pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

An exquisite image ... thank you very much for the explanation of the temple ... Best regards, Adela

1 Oct 2012 6:59pm

SalSa from Tehran, Iran

I like so much Japanese Architecture ,it is very simple but very beautiful

1 Oct 2012 7:18pm

gerard1948 from Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Very nice composition, this facade is very beautiful. excellent
Good week.

1 Oct 2012 7:30pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Beautiful temple and foliage; beautifully captured!

1 Oct 2012 8:10pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

beautiful. fine composition

1 Oct 2012 8:25pm

curieuzeneuzemosterdpot from somewhere between viewer and subject, Belgium

this is very interesting, hiro!

I stay here, because I don't want to miss a thing! :-))

1 Oct 2012 9:49pm

Mooie from Vancouver, Canada

Good frame, and I'm looking forward to the story!

2 Oct 2012 4:45am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Always ready to pass though these red gates, so inviting and so promising (at least for me...)!

3 Oct 2012 11:49am

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

A fine capture and details...

7 Oct 2012 9:36am