1,200 Whimsical Stone Buddhists

otaginenbutsujitemple5As a bit of a break from all the laughing babies here are some cheerful stone figures from Otagi Nenbutsu-Ji Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. There are over 1200 of them. They were assembled by sculptor Kocho Nishimura with the help of many amateur stone carvers.  They’ve only been there since 1981 but have managed to acquire a healthy coat of moss and quite a bit of fame.

Not as funny as laughing babies but a lot better than  garden gnomes!

1,200 Whimsical Stone Statues at Buddhist Temple in Kyoto – My Modern Metropolis.

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