June 22, we went to a place called Kakuozan. Kakuozan has a nice garden, a museum, a Thai-influenced temple, and many cool shops and restaurants. (Including Eikokuya from the previous post).
First, we checked out Nitaaji. Nitaaji is a temple that has various Thai influences. It has elephant statues, and Thai script on the temple’s bell. It was a small, but cool temple.
On the way to Nitaaji, we saw a grave marker seller. There were some pretty cute ones there, like Hello Kitty and Thomas the Tank Engine. Though, as Teddy said, it would be pretty depressing to actually see a Thomas the Tank grave marker in a grave yard.
A statue of a Bodhisattva on the way to Nitaaji.
This is the pagoda, the bell tower, and part of the main hall at Nitaaji.
The bell at Nitaaji had Thai script written in gold leaf. I thought it was really cool, because I have never seen one like this in Japan!
Here is a close-up of the Japanese writing on the bell. The bell is a little younger than me. The date on it says Showa 59, July 16th. Showa 59 is 1984. And yes, you actually have to know your birthday in Japanese years for some things here.
If you were born in 1989 or later, you’re a Heisei baby, with 1989 being Heisei 1. (It’s Heisei 25 now.) If you were born in 1925, your year is Taisho 14. (That emperor didn’t last too long!) 1926 is Showa 1. If you are dying to know your Japanese year, here is a calculator.
The main hall at Nitaaji.
Here is one of the cute elephant statues at the temple.
After the temple, we went to Furukawa-en, a pretty garden. There was supposedly a museum, too, but we couldn’t find it.
Here is some ikebana (flower arrangement) in front of a painted screen.
The garden had many cute stone lanterns.
I thought this blue lantern was very pretty.
These cute little Buddha statues were in someone’s garden on the way back to the train station.
Well, that is all for now! Next will be Meijo Koen.