Hoanji Buddhist Temple in Odawara

A modern temple with lots of statues

By Peter Sidell    - 1 min read

In a residential area east of Odawara Castle, Hoanji is a Buddhist temple that mixes old and new. The worship hall and some of the numerous statues are clearly recent, but some of the graves and statues are very old, weathered and worn down over hundreds of years, suggesting that there's been a temple on this site for a very long time. Perhaps in another few hundred years, all the statues will look as old as each other.

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Peter Sidell

Peter Sidell @peter.sidell

I came to Japan from Manchester, England in summer 2003, and have travelled a lot since then, around Japan and in Asia. When I`m not working I write satire at www.iothern.blogspot.com and perform stand-up comedy in and around Tokyo. Check my youtube channel `CunningPunster` for a taste.