Saturday, 26 May 2012

Ninja Dera

May 21, 2012
This is actually called Kanazawa Myoryuji and is a temple of the Nichiren Sect. It is not especially beautiful, has nothing to do with ninja, but is commonly called Ninja-Dera because of the many tricks the building contains such as secret staircases, trap doors and escape routes. These features were incorporated hundreds of years ago to aid in evading enemies. From outside the temple appears to be a two story building, but is actually a four story building with seven layers. The building is old and has withstood storms and heavy snowfalls due to the immense beams used in its construction. Unfortunately photographs of the inside were strictly forbidden.

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