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Stone Jizo in the snow at Kongorinji temple, Shiga Prefecture. There are thousands of these, most of them lining the steps on both sides all the way up the side of the mountain to the temple building. Jizo is a guardian bodhisattva. The bibs and placement indicate they are probably set here for the souls of unborn children.

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View of the pagoda, Kongorinji temple.

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Kongorinji temple building, designated a National Treasure.

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Temple bell, Kongorinji.

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Taga-taisha shrine, Shiga Prefecture. The shrine (not the building itself) can be dated back about 1,500 years.

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Taga-taisha.

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