Aug 282011

The Daien-ji (大円寺) temple in Meguro is quite small, but comes with a rich history. It was here that the Great Meiwa fire (明和の大火) started in 1772 which killed many thousands of old Edo’s citizens. Unfortunately, I did only a short stop here at this temple and grabbed some quick close-ups of a few stone statues.

Above you see one of the jizō figures with the wall of small atonement statues behind it. Below is a closer look at one of these statues of the 500 followers of Buddha, each with its own design and facial expression. These gohyaku-rakan stone sculptures were made to appease the souls that departed in the fire.

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