Tuesday, August 21, 2018

(1655) In a competitive world...

...like that of Buddhist temples, everyone does their best to draw in the crowds. For example, Joshinji  (浄心寺) in Bunkyo Ward  (文京区) is known as "the temple with the enormous Hotei -yes, contrary to Feng Shui goods salespeople, the gentleman is called "Hotei" and is one of the seven Japanese gods of good fortune, particularly popular in Edo (old Tokyo) and its prevailing mercantile culture. 

(For a bigger version of these pictures both in color and black and white, check my "Japan Arekore" set on Flickr)

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