Miyajima's Impressive Rakan Statues

Seeing the island with fresh eyes - 2

By Larry Knipfing   Feb 13, 2015 - 2 min read

If you love Buddhist statues, you're going to love Miyajima. Head straight for Daisho-in Temple, and be prepared to spend half a day. There are hundreds of statues here, mainly two types. There are cute small jizo statues that I will introduce in my next photo story, and there is also a collection of 500 rakan statues. They deeply impressed me. Why? Each statue represents a Buddhist monk who was an actual disciple of Shaka (Buddha). Look at their faces carefully. Each one is totally unique. In them, we can see every conceivable human trait and emotion: wisdom, pain, happiness, fulfillment, frustration, intelligence, and pride. I think there was also one who is blind, but I'm not absolutely sure about that one. See if you can find him when you visit...

Miyajima Island Series

1. A Few Days at Miyajima

2. Miyajima's Impressive Rakan Statues 3. Miyajima's Very Cute Jizo Statues

4. Mysterious Miyajima at Night 5. Otherwordly Miyajima at Night

6. Itsukushima Shrine at Low Tide 7. Itsukushima Shrine at High Tide

8. Mt. Misen 9. Momijidani Park

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Larry Knipfing

Larry Knipfing @Larry Knipfing

Born on Long Island, New York in 1958, I have spent the last 30+ years of my life living in Japan, and enjoying every minute of it! I especially love photography, and Japan is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the world to photograph! (Visit my online gallery) My other love is fiction writing and I have published quite a few books that take place in Japan. Fun stuff! You can find them at my Amazon Author's Page. In addition to my writing, I have mainly been working in the field of corporate training, and at the same time have done a lot of photography. *Kamakura, and now Yokohama (both in Kanagawa Prefecture) have been my home for almost twenty years and are perfect places for me: Hilly, situated on the water, and with amazing histories. The rest of Kanagawa is equally amazing and includes the great Hakone onsen and spa area.  *Tochigi Prefecture, with World Heritage site Nikko, is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and not far from Tokyo.  *Fukui Prefecture, located in central Japan on the coast of the Japan Sea, is brimming with classic Japanese culture and great natural beauty everywhere you look. I really look forward to sharing ALL of Japan's beauty and magic with all of you. Website: www.larryknipfing.com Contact me: larry.knipfing@japantravel.com