Seeing Buddhism Stories – Woodblock Carving in Shibamata Taishakuten Temple

Shibamata Taishakuten Temple has a beautiful Japanese garden.  With just 400 yen, you can see not only this garden but also series of eraborated woodblock carvings.  Indeed, this temple is known as Temple of the Carvings.

The left carving of the above photos is one of the exhibits of the gallery of the temple.  It is a very large panel.  The right side panel is a miniature version made as a preparation and it is exhibited along the corridor facing the garden.

Woodblock Curving of Shibamata Taishakuten

Woodblock Curving of Shibamata Taishakuten

The Carving Gallery is two-storied and in the lower floor, you can see the pilars that hold the panels of carvings which are the shapes of dragons.

Shibamata Taishakuten

The above carvings are titled as “Three Carts at the House on Fire”.  Three carts are led by a cow, a sheep and a deer.  The house is on the fire but kids are playing and don’t notice the fire.  So the father called three carts and send kids safely out of the house.  It is based on the buddhism story – the father is Buddha, kids are ordinary people, the house on the fire is the troubled world.

In the above carvings, a sick person is lucky enough to hear the Buddhism pray and soon he recovers from the sickness.

The garden can be seen from the corridors of the temple building.  On the corridors, there are several interesting carvings which show the scenes in this area centuries ago.

The garden is surrounded by the temple building and the corridors.


For More Information on Shibamata Taishakuten Temple: See the previous posting!




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