Otagi Nenbutsu-Ji is a Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan that features over 1,200 stone figures representing Rakan, or disciples of Shaka (the founder of Buddhism), that were mostly carved by amateurs from across the country under the guidance of sculptor Kocho Nishimura. Each sculpture is a whimsical display of expressive faces, adding a playful element to the spiritual environment.
The figurative sculptures were first donated in 1981, only a little over 30 years ago, allowing the present temple, a reconstruction of its former self which was originally built in the middle of the eighth century, to become known for its humorous figures. Now the smiling faces and expressive gestures still manage to translate through the moss that covers them. Even during winter, when snow coats the small, stone bodies, one can make out the playfully spirited figures.
Info source: My Modern Met
Seeing faces in ordinary objects is called pareidolia. A study in Finland found that people who are religious or believe strongly in the supernatural are more likely to see faces in lifeless objects and landscapes. Personally, I think the faces are just there whether you’re a believer or not. What do you think?
Aren’t these fun?
I found this collection of images on Facebook, and now I can’t remember where or who… They were made with some kind of photo app, which I also can’t remember.
If I ever figure it out, I am going to make a bunch of them because I think this is super cool!
How cool is this? It’s a cave full of giant selenite crystals. The cave is in in Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico.
The cave is currently flooded, which is really good for the crystals, and will allow them to continue to grow and thrive.
Check out this cool little car made of wood.
Let’s take a look inside!
I love the way it looks inside!
But what’s under the hood?
Let’s take a look!
Looks very clean and new!
What else does this cute little car have going for it?
I wonder what it looks like underneath.
Again, looks very clean and new!
It’s a cute little two seater.
I wonder what’s in the trunk?
I love it!
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