The Peanut Gallery

The Peanut Gallery

At Nanzoin Temple in Fukuoka Prefecture (Japan of course) there are countless little statues of the funniest looking men. These statues have plaques with Japanese names on them. I’m not sure what the significance is – perhaps the names are people who have donated significant sums of money to the temple, perhaps they are temple members who have passed away and this is some kind of auspicious thing … I don’t know. There are hundreds of them and they (at a glance) seem to be pretty unique, I don’t know if there are two of the same or not.

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