Just now I looked it up online and found there is a half size replica temple on the island of Ohau. I’ll have to see it some time when I am on Ohau.
The temple in Japan, is a World Heritage site, a relic of the Heian period (800 to 1180 A.D.). It is built without nails under Chinese influence. It is meant to look like a phoenix landing at the water with his wings outstretched.
I took this picture from the side. To the right is the ‘tail’ of the phoenix and to the left his head.
This is taken facing the phoenix.
Turning to my right, I can fit in a shot of the phoenix’s elaborate, outstretched wing.
It was inspiring. This was one man’s chapel. What a beautiful place to meditate!
This tree stood on the property.
The Japanese like to prune their trees so they narrow toward the top to increase the sense of perspective.
Thank you for looking.
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