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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Onizuka Mara Kannon

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I was driving along Route 495 from Munakata to Fukuoka City, in northern Kyushu, when I spotted what looked like a really interesting Chinese-style roof on a small roadside shrine.

Statue of Kannon

Turned out to be another Mara Kannon temple specializing in fertility.

Breats and hands clasped in prayer

As well as a some fine examples of carved penises, there were a couple of sculptures very reminiscent of Hindu sculptures, including one of a couple engaging in coitus.

Phallus statue, Kyushu

The shrine is located right on Route 495, just outside Tsuyazaki Town.

Wooden statue, Mara Kannon Shrine, Tsuyazaki, Kyushu

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