Sanjusangendo stands out among the temples of Kyoto as something clearly different. A rectangular hall filled with 1,001 ... More
Sanjusangendo stands out among the temples of Kyoto as something clearly different. A rectangular hall filled with 1,001 carved and gilded statues of a standing Kannon (the Bodhisattva of Mercy). The temple dates from 1164 and the present building from 1266 after the original was damaged by fire. The multi-armed figures are arranged in ranks and each Kannon with its subtle differences in expression and accouterments is a testimony to the originality and skill of the Momoyama wood carvers. An archery contest dating from Edo (1600-1868) times is held outside the temple annually around the 15th of January. Photography is prohibited inside the hall.
The large structure - supported by 34 columns on each side - houses 1001 so-called thousand-arm kanno's. There is the large kanno in the middle, flanked by 500 smaller ones on either side arranged in 10 rows of 50. Taken together, this is pretty amazing. I can see why it has become a popular place to visit.
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