Sunday, March 18, 2018

Day 2061: Tengu's nose.

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Tengu (天狗, "heavenly dog") are a type of
legendary creature found in Japanese folk religion. 

Tengu masks are often seen and collected.

Located outside Kurama Station in Kyoto, and part of 
the local Kurama-dera temple, the large Tengu 
and it’s 2.3 meter (7.5 ft) long nose was a popular mainstay. 

 photos courtesy of  Sankei Photo

I read that  in January, Japan saw such heavy snowfall 
in Kyoto, that caused the nose of the local Tengu to break off.

 photos courtesy of  Sankei Photo

First responders rushed to its aid and a band aid  
 (fashioned out of iron) was placed over the nose. 
A small sign reading “under medical treatment” 
was placed next to the Tengu.

 photos courtesy of  Sankei Photo

In March, once the snows melted and winter mostly behind, 
local officials began repairing the broken nose. 
Reinforced with wire and a brand new coat of red paint.

 photos courtesy of  Sankei Photo

Now it once again greets temple-goers looking strong & stoic.

A smile for Sunday ...

(for Lynn in Colorado!)

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