Machida Tenmangu Shrine

Fabulous mythical creatures carved in wood

 By Cathy Cawood   Jan 18, 2015

Tenmangu shrines usually have ox statues, and there are two at Machida Tenmangu. The main building is beautiful, and many people visit through the day to pray there, especially before exam time since Tenmangu shrines are believed to be efficacious for study. To the left of the main building is another building with lovely wooden carvings of dragons, shishi (mythical lion-dogs with protective powers), and scenes with flowers and birds.

Photography by Cathy Cawood
Japan Travel Partner

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Elena Lisina a year ago
I always admire carvings! Thanks for GREAT photos, Cathy!
Joseph Bautista a year ago
Detailed carvings are unique!
Andrew Choi a year ago
I like the unique wood carving and true that it's so peaceful!
Victoria Vlisides a year ago
Beautiful carvings with lots of movement!