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Kurama-dera 鞍馬寺
Kurama / Kyôto


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The Kurama temple, founded in 770 as the guardian of the northern quarter of the capital city Heiankyô (Kyôto), is located halfway up the mountain. The original buildings , however, were repeatedly destroyed by fire. The temple formerly belonged to the Tendai sect of Buddhism. It is said, that Minamoto Yoshitsune, the younger brother of Minamoto Yoritomo, the first shôgun of the Kamakura period, took military arts under the tengu at Kurama, and therefore went on to become an excellent soldier.


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wooden lanterns - path to temple
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wooden lanterns - Kurama / Kyôto  (2)
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wooden lantern - Kurama / Kyôto  (3)
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wooden lanterns - Kurama / Kyôto  (4)
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wooden lantern - Kurama / Kyôto  (5)
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wooden lantern - Kurama / Kyôto  (6)
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wooden lantern - Kurama / Kyôto  (7)
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wooden lantern - Kurama / Kyôto  (8)
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wooden bridge - Kurama / Kyôto
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wooden bridge - Kurama / Kyôto  (2)
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wooden fence
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administration office / temple office honbo
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temple office  (2)
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wooden fence with "onion head" = gibôshi  (2)
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temple hall
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mountain scenery  (2)
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mountain scenery
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mountain scenery  (2)
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mountain scenery  (3)
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wooden fence  (4)
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main hall - Kurama / Kyôto
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picture / bamboo cut procession
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wooden fence  (5)
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"onion head" = gibôshi
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guardian dog = komainu
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komainu  (2)
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komainu  (3)
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komainu  (4)
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komainu  (5)
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candle
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roof of temple hall - Kurama
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roof of temple hall - Kurama  (2)
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temple roof - Kurama - visitors in rain
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temple roof - Kurama  (3)
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stone lanterns in winter - Kurama
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new year's fire preparation
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stone lanterns  (2)
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bamboo cutting ceremony
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paper lantern - Kurama
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