immortal wishes:
labor and transcendence
on a Japanese sacred mountain

Ellen Schattschneider

Duke University Press (2003)


Akakura Mountain Shrine Statues

Like paintings, statues at Akakura are produced by worshippers and dedicated to the kami as offerings. Prayers and offerings are often made in front of these statues.

See: Slide show of statues

Partial List of Shrine Statues

Thumbnails Description Location
Kannonsama. (surrounded by 33 small Kannonsama) Rear area of shrine.
33 small kannonsama. Rear area of shrine
Dragon coiled around pillar Front of Shinden
Dragon head Front of Shinden

Kobo Daishi



Side of Shinden



Foundress (Standing) Front of Reido
Foundress (seated) Mieido subshrine
Sakanoue Tamuramaro. Side of Shinden



Internet Resources on Japanese Religious Statues

Japanese Buddhist Corner

Excellent guide to Japanese Buddhist statues

Japanese Scultpure

Guide to Japanese Buddhist Statues (Soto Zen) on Shakyamuni

Sho-Kannon Statues (Soto Zen)

Japanese Buddhist Iconography

Website developed by Ellen Schattschneider (Brandeis University)