Daibonsho (Zōjō-ji Bell); Japan

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San’en-zan Zōjō-ji (三縁山増上寺) is a historic Buddhist temple in Minato, Tokyo  and can be strolled though on a walking route towards Tokyo Tower.

“Zojoji was founded in 1393 as an orthodox and fundamental nembutsu seminary for Jodo shu in the Kanto (east Japan) region.”

Snow over Zojoji Temple (1921) by Hasui Kawase (Public Domain)

When you go though “Sangedatsumon,” the main entrance gates, you’ll see a staircase leading to a square with the main temple hall Daiden (Hondo) in front of you and Tokyo Tower in its background. However, when you first go through the main gates if you turn immediately right you’ll find this awesome bell tower.

“This giant bell, boasting a diameter of 1.76 meters, a height of 3.33 meters and a weight of 15 tons, is renowned as one of the Big Three Bells of the Edo Period”

Published to 500px, “Zōjō-ji Bell” this was shot capturing the last bit of golden hour striking the bell with the last light of the day, in the land of the rising sun.

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