Cathy Cawood

Seisui Temple in Machida

Extravagant wood carvings decorate a small temple

Cathy Cawood   - 1 min read

The first thing I learned about this temple in Aihara, Machida is that the name has exactly the same kanji as Kiyomizudera in Kyoto (清水寺) however it is pronounced differently. That made me want to investigate, and I'm glad I did. Apart from the quiet peaceful atmosphere, which is nothing unusual for temples, the striking thing about Seisui-ji was the fabulous wooden carvings that decorated the eaves. There was also an unusual and artistic dragon water basin. If you find yourself in the neighborhood, pay this temple a visit!

Cathy Cawood

Cathy Cawood @cathy.cawood

 I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for 1 year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for 9 years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page ha...