Japanese Religion Images


Japanese Religion Images



David Gardiner, Colorado College

Items in the Japanese Religion Images Collection

Shrine to local Kami in Garan
This Shinto-style shrine stands in the heart of the Garan complex and reflects the importance of the traditions of worship dedicated to the "local" deity of the mountain. It appears that Kukai revered these "kami" deeply and this reverence continues…

Back side of the Saito, in the Garan
Behind the Saito, or Western Stupa, is this lovely green lawn.

The Saito or Western Stupa in the Garan
This plain wood stupa adjacent to the larger Daito is known as the Western Stupa or Saito.

The Daito in the center of the Garan
Viewed from the south, this is the Great Stupa or Daito, with the Lecture Hall to the left.

The Miedo Hall in the Garan
The Miedo, meaning "Hall of the Honorable Portrait," houses an ancient portrait of Kukai, Koyasan's ninth century founder, said to have been painted by his disciple.

View from portico of Garan building
This is the view from the portico of one of the old temple structures along the path toward the center of the Garan. In the distance is the large Lecture Hall, and to the left is the oldest standing structure, the Fudo Hall, which dates from the 12th…

Eastern approach to Garan at Koyasan
This is a view of the Great Pagoda in the background as one approaches along the path from Kongobuji.

Small shrine in Koyasan
This small Shinto shrine is in a grove of trees across the street from the Kongobuji temple.