Japan: Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple

Otagi Nenbutsuji

Otagi Nenbutsu-ji is a Buddhist temple in the suburbs of Kyoto.  There you will find 1200 rakans (stone statues representing the disciples of Buddha).  These statues, in keeping with rakan traditions, are generally humorous and kawaii. The sculptures were donated in 1981 in honor of the refurbishment of the temple. Most were carved by amateurs, taught by sculptor Kocho Nishimura. [wiki]