Jousen-ji: Flowers & Friends

Flowers and friends at Jousen-ji

Flowers and friends at Jousen-ji



Good evening (or morning/afternoon)! Tonight’s post is an album of small statues I found at a Buddhist temple called Jousen-ji (also Josen-ji) in Yamato City, Kanagawa Prefecture. The temple’s known to have a nice garden full of flowers. I went there to find the cutest little things!

See the rest of the pics here!

The frame I used above is courtesy of The Coffeeshop Blog.

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20 Responses to “Jousen-ji: Flowers & Friends”

  1. Lisa Co says:

    All so beautiful and soft. Good evening 🙂

  2. I've seen a documentary on the kappa. Are they good spirits? I watched that they take kids who play in the river… ??

  3. +Chuan Jeng Yap Thank you so much! It was a lot of fun looking for them among the foliage and taking their "portraits" 🙂

  4. Good evening, +Lisa Co! Thank you very much for the comment! It was sweltering hot that day but I wasn't able to wake up early enough to photograph in the morning light (the temple is more than an hour away by train). Hope to go there again in Autumn, hopefully wake up early enough this time! 🙂

  5. +Leong Yew Weng I think these legendary creatures go both ways. Their malevolent side is drowning or even eating children and other horrible acts; but they're also said to have a benevolent side (helping farmers, teaching medicine, etc). I asked my husband, who is Japanese, his impression of the kappa and he said "non-existent creatures that are said to be mischievous" 🙂

  6. Haha… I like how your husband is such a realist. Cool, thanks for the info. Japan is so spiritual, hope the new millennium doesn't rob her of this beauty.   

  7. +Leong Yew Weng Jousen-ji is one of the temples that honor the good kind of kappa. I do hope places like these will last for a long time.

    It does somehow make sense to me to tell hard-headed little children not to get deep into the river because the kappa will pull them in. Just dishing the "you could drown in the strong current" type of explanation will probably not make as much of an impact 🙂

    As for my husband, please don't mind him. He's a Physics major and a long-time software developer. He probably thinks he could explain everything via mathematical calculations 🙂

  8. arufu kokura says:


    もしかして 「せんとくん」 もいる?。

  9. +arufu kokura コメントありがとうございます♪ 

    せんとくんらしい像もいましたね。なんで奈良のゆるキャラがあるんだろう、と思いながら撮影^^ お寺の関係者に聞けばよかったのにね~

  10. こんなお寺があるのですね。知りませんでした。太陽の光と小さいお花とが一緒になっていい雰囲気の写真が沢山ですね。シェアしてくださって有難う。

  11. 常泉寺か

  12. かっぱがかわいいですね~♪
    セントくん発見!? でも顔がちょっと違いますね(^^)

  13. +Miyako Koumura 素敵なコメント、ありがとうございます!お寺が好きで行けるところがあれば行ってみたい、といつも思ってインターネットで家から通える見どころのある寺院を探したりしています^^  常泉寺の写真を気に入って頂けてすごく嬉しいです♪ 夏だけではなく、他の季節にも行ってみたいですね。

  14. +Yuichi Kitamura コメントありがとうございます!是非、行ってみてください。地図を印刷せず行ってみましたが、最寄り駅から歩いて途中で分からなくなって近所の方に指図を聞いてしまいました(笑) 

  15. +ナナ ショウジ ありがとうございます!一か所でこんなにかっぱが集まっているのが初めてだったので「おお~」とびっくりして嬉しかった^^  やはり可愛いですね♪
    ああ、なるほど、ゆるキャラのせんとくんとは顔が違うってことですね^^ 不思議だな、と思っていましたが今はスッキリ♪ 指摘ありがとう!

  16. Very nice. I'm sure the temple people will be happy to see these!

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