Japanese Characters for Hasedera


This is the Hase Kannon Temple in Kamakura, whose main purpose is to house a nine meter wooden statue of the Boddhisattva, "Kannon". The statue is believed to be very ancient - dating back to the 8th century - and you cannot take pictures of the statue itself. The statue has eleven faces - one major face, and ten minor. The ten minor faces represent the ten stages of enlightenment. It is also believed that the 11 faces allow Kannon, who is known for her mercy and compassion, to keep watch in all directions for those in need of her aid.

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