Jun 8, 2011

Enku in Mirokuji Temple

Enku is one of the most popular Buddha statue sculptors in Japan. Though Enku was born in 1632, his statue is very different from conventional ones. When people see Buddha statues sculpted by Enku first time, many of them probably think that a modern artist sculpted the statues.

Enku passed away near Mirokuji Temple in Seki-shi Gifu prefecture. Thus, people who love statues by Enku visit the temple. At a garden of the temple, we can see statues sculpted by modern artists who respect Enku.

I visited Mirokuji Temple on June 4. The following are pictures of statues I took at the garden of Mirokuji Temple. Though these are not statues by Enku, there is a museum called Seki-shi Enku Museum near the temple. We can see many statues by Enku at the museum.

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