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16 April 2018

odd number

Three or five storied pagoda is normal in Japanese Buddism temple. These pictures below are famous padogas of Koufuku-Ji temple in Nara which are both designated as national treasures.

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I know thirteen is not a good number for many culture, but it has certain meaning in Buddism. Here is a stone stupa I found in Nara which has thirteen layers of eaves. The odd number seems to be good for our culture.

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