March 04

Buddha’s Footprints

Six hundred years before anyone started carving those serene images of the Buddha we all know so well, followers worshipped his footprints. This pair is at the Kuhonbutsu temple.

For some reason, I just love the idea that the object of worship doesn’t represent the Buddha himself or the ultimate destination. It honors his way of getting there.

And just for fun, here are the eleven strangest shrines in Tokyo, with all the inside scoop on the resident gods’ superpowers

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