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Fukusai-ji Temple: War Memorial in Nagasaki
- Hidden in the hills on the northeastern side of Nagasaki city’s valley, lies a temple with some of the most unusual and symbolic tributes to those lost their lives in the war, particularly those taken by the second atomic bomb blast. Fukusai-ji Temple: War Memorial in Nagasaki Walking through the quiet streets nearby, Fukusai-ji Temple is nearly impossible to spot despite its distinctive appearance. But once you’ve climbed up the hill and are practically through its pearly gates, it’s impossible to miss: Kannon, the goddess of mercy, towering 18 meters tall in gleaming aluminum alloy atop the back of an enormous turtle. It’s a shiny and monumental landmark, with a dash of Buddhist kitsch not often found in Japan. Fukusai-ji Temple: War Memorial in Nagasaki Fukusai-ji has existed on this site since 1628, but it didn’t always have such an eye-catching design. It was constructed during a boom in temple building by Chinese immigrants in the face of the Edo government’s anti-Christian terauke-seido, a law that stipulated all families had to register with a temple to prove they weren’t Christian. Rather than join local temples the Chinese community decided to build their own, one of which was Fukusai-ji. Fukusai-ji Temple: War Memorial in Nagasaki ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
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