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Words-and-Pictures: Statuary

(as seen on October 1st, 2001, on the Old Tokaido stage of the Aki Meguri)

Note: This statuary yard is located between Chiryu and Narumi in Aichi Prefecture, which are Stations #39 and 40 respectively (from Tokyo) on the Old Tokaido Highway.  You can read about my visit in my Logbook.  You may also choose to start reading about my Tokaido journey at the beginning, or start at the top of my Aki Meguri pages.
 

So I'm walking down the street and up ahead I see these two creepy people standing by a bridge in the dusk.  And when I get closer, I discover they're part of a crowd...

The first "people" I saw...
A couple of crowd scenes...

 
And some close ups.  This is not me with my shirt off; it's Hotei, one of the Seven Lucky Gods, standing next to Prince Somebody-or-other

I think this is Jurojin, another of the Seven Lucky Gods
This is undoubtedly My Lady Kannon-sama.  One freaky thing about this display is that the maker has made the gods look very human.

And here's Kobo Daishi, my other patron for this trip.
See?  I told you this was weird.  Weirder still to come across them all alone on a busy highway at near-dark.
 
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