Shintennoji Gates

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Storm God, Gates of Shintennoji Temple, Osaka

The entrance gate to Shitennoji Temple in south Osaka is guarded by these fearsome, wooden statues, known as Nio or Benevolent Kings.

Storm god, gates of Shintennoji Temple, Osaka.
Hideto Arashi

Japan Images: Nio or Benevolent Kings at Shitennoji Temple in south Osaka