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In 2015 Japan becomes the eleventh most well-liked vacation spot for US tourists. Over one million american citizens stopover at every year to adventure this land of beautiful good looks, and up to date fluctuations within the yen have made it extra of an inexpensive vacation spot than ever. In beautiful complete colour, Fodor's Japan illustrates the country's everlasting attracts, from historical temples and gardens and the planned speed of the tea rite, to the dizzying, frenetic pulse of its high-tech towns.

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In fact, the care of the dead became in time the funda­ mental task of Buddhism in Japanese society. Buddhist monks conducted mortuary rites, Buddhist ascetics practiced in the mountains which were the "other world" of the ancestral spirits, and Buddhist temples grew up in association with the places where the dead were disposed of. In no. ” The temple may have had this sort of connection with the place. The native gods’ attitude toward death is beautifully illustrated in no. 41. A monk is making daily pilgrimages from Kyoto to the Hie Shrine, over a low mountain pass to the east of the city.

In any case, the variety of K annon’s forms makes the question less interesting than it might sound. The "Kannon Sutra” tells how Kannon may take any conceivable form to save beings from any conceivable peril. (In no. ) Moreover, Nyoirin Kannon (no. 23), Thousand-Armed Kannon (nos. 70, 98, and others), and Eleven-Headed Kannon (nos. 27, 82, and others) are only some of the forms of Kannon that are depicted in religious art. The main image on the altar of a temple dedicated to Kannon would be a specific form such as Eleven-Headed Kannon, and that form alone would be associated with that temple.

98, 172). Still others are pious de­ votees, hungry only for the mystic sound of the Lotus Sutra (no. 100). Tengu, another kind of troublesome creature, play tricks on humans. They are shape-changers. Tengu live in the mountains — not in the wholly deserted mountain wilderness, but closer to where people, for instance monks, live or pass by. M any sacred mountains had their tengu, includ­ ing M ount Ibuki (no. 118) and M ount Hira (no. 35). M ount Hiei (nos. 34, 120) seems to have teemed with them.

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