Monday, November 14, 2005

Somehow I thought that by going through I might reach Canada...



...but turns out it was a portal to the land of 1,001 golden (coloured) statues of Kannon, the Buddhist version of Vishnu... Though if you think of it it's kind of a creepy place... in one single room (it's the longest wooden building in Japan) there are 40,040 arms of Kannon (she has hundreds of arms, unlike Vishnu who has maybe eight?)... Each statue only had 40 arms though, cause it would have been a bit tedious to carve out hundreds of arms on 1001 statues. Anyhow, suffice it to say, I definitely stepped through the wrong portal. I'll keep my eye out for the right one.

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