A Japanese Buddhist temple is actually a compound including several buildings, and one that can be found in many temples is the Founder’s Hall. As the name suggests, the Founder’s Hall enshrines the statue, the portrait or a memorial tablet of the founder. The name of this building varies depending on the sect, being called Kaisan-do in Zen temples (kaisan means founder), Miei-do in Jōdo temples, or Daishi-do in Shingon temples (from the sect founder Kōbō Daishi).
They are usually small architectural jewels, like the one in this photo, photographed at Seiryū-ji, in Aomori.
Yesterday’s Japan Photo: