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Snapshots

  1. templo

    Snapshot Title: templo
    Taken by: Matoju Stamuca

    Image: Byodo-in Temple, Uji, Japan
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    templo japones



  2. asian version of gargoyle?

    Snapshot Title: asian version of gargoyle?
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Byodo-in Temple, Uji, Japan
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    just as European medieval cathedrals used horrific gargoyles to ward off evil, the temple's roof features guardian dogs, dragons and phoenix figures to insure safety from "the dark side".



  3. carpenter's handiwork

    Snapshot Title: carpenter's handiwork
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Byodo-in Temple, Uji, Japan
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    eleaborate corbeling of the woodwork at the corners enables the roof to canti-lever out from the walls below --- all without the use of nails, just using fine and precise joinery.



  4. curved red bridge

    Snapshot Title: curved red bridge
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Byodo-in Temple, Uji, Japan
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    One of two red bridges which cross the reflecting pond to give access to the shrine building.



  5. Phoenix finial

    Snapshot Title: Phoenix finial
    Taken by: T. E. Smith-Lamothe

    Image: Byodo-in Temple, Uji, Japan
    Image Owner: T. E. Smith-Lamothe



    Description:

    One of two mirror-image phoenix finials on the roof of the central building which gives the shrine one of its nick-names.