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Nariai-ji temple's pagoda

Situated above Amanohashidate in Kyoto Prefecture, one of Japan's three scenic views, Nariai-ji is the 28th temple on the Saigoku Kannon pilgrim route.

 

It was founded in 704 AD and is dedicated to Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy.

 

At the foot of the steps leading to the main temple building, are a small wooden bell tower and a newly built pagoda (33 meters tall), as the original pagoda burnt down 500 years ago. According to legend the bell in the bell tower only rang once after it was casted in 1609. A mother who claimed to be too poor to donate money to the temple accidentally dropped her baby into the molten copper used to cast the bell. When the bell was first struck, it is said that people could hear the baby crying for its mother, so it was decided never to ring the bell again.

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Taken on November 6, 2010