|Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate)...the outer gate of the temple|
I don't believe I noticed these two statues on the back of the gate the last time we were here.
Hozomon (Treasure House Gate) is the second gate. The original was built in 942 and has been burned down, rebuilt and then destroyed in the air raids in 1945 before this gate was built in 1964.
Five story pagoda in the rain. On the right is a man praying to the statue. A woman stopped me and pointed him out to me. She said a lot of things that I did not understand at all. I assumed she was explaining to me what the man was praying for...first he put money in a bowl, then rubbed the statue's head, shoulders, back, hands, knees, legs and then feet. Then, he stepped back, put his own hands together and bowed.