When you enter Heniyokutu Cave at Daisho-in Buddhist temple, pause for a moment. As your eyes adjust to the darkness, details begin to appear — prayer offerings and written wishes tied to the base of Buddhist statues, Japanese characters tracing the bottom of the lights, faint smiles on many of the icons. In the dim light, there’s a feeling of peacefulness amidst it all.
Take a look at the fisheye photo below to see for yourself.
If you visit the island of Miyajima near the city of Hiroshima, be sure to carve out several hours to spend at Daisho-in Buddhist temple. Its grounds are covered in Buddhist statues of all shapes, sizes and decor. They're not only a photographer's dream, but they also tell the story of the diversity of symbols in Japan's versions of Buddhism.
Be sure to hang around long enough, as it will increase the likelihood that you'll catch a ceremony or two along the way.
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