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March 22, 2017

Exploring the Otagi-Nenbutsu-ji Temple in Kyoto

Guest post by Jason Allen

Kyoto is known for it's tradition and age, but one of my favorite spots in the city is actually a place filled with stuff created a lot more recently. The Otagi Nenbutsu-ji temple was originally founded way back in the 8th Century according to their pamphlet, and after some setbacks in the form of natural disasters and civil wars, set up shop in its current location early in the 20th century.But the cool part about it is the hundreds of statues they put on the temple grounds back in the 1980s and 90s. Not just one or two hundred, mind you, but more than twelve hundred. All of them entirely unique. Like this guy and his cute little lips:

Or these two little lovers:

And this old man is almost too much.

This guy's mouth is open so much that people can't help but shove some coins into it! 

There are just so many, and each and every one of them is entirely unique:

The scope of 1200+ unique statues is difficult to convey.

But luckily, you don't have to take my word for it, and if you find yourself in the Arashiyama neighborhood of Kyoto, you can swing by the Otagi Nenbutsu-ji yourself for the very affordable price of just 300 yen. It's off the beaten path, and I had the entire park to myself for much of my visit.

Otagi Nenbutus-ji official website

This has been a guest post by Jason Allen! 

Jason spent several years as a foreign exchange student in Japan and much of his adult life going back and forth from the United States. Apart from being my brother, he is also a main contributor & social media manager to There Are Four Mics, a Star Trek Podcast! Check them out and give 'em a listen! 

Siggi Einarson

My name is Siggi-dubbed by my American friends because of the Icelandic yogurt-I am a writer, polyglot, and aspiring expat, not a cup of yogurt (unfortunately).

My love for travelling began with a trip to Iceland and Sweden to visit my family when I was just 15 years old. I spent so long dreaming of the possibilities of life abroad but I always figured these dreams were too far reached. Flash forward almost 10 years, here I am again, both cursing and thanking this damn travel bug.

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