Kodaiji – Dragons in the Garden

When we visited Kodaiji temple last fall, we happened to find two dragons in the garden.

Since we hadn’t heard about them, we were really surprised to see these beautifully crafted creatures raising their heads and fangs out of the sand.

They were made of traditional tiles called Kawaras (1500 tiles were used in total), and created for an annual illumination event (2012). The big one who was supposed to be the parent Dragon was 37 meters long (121 ft) and the smaller child dragon was 25 meters long (82 ft).

This was third time Kodaiji has made the dragons from tiles and is said to be the final one.


Update: When I went to Kodaiji one week ago, I found their heads! I hope I can see them swimming in the sand this fall as well.

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