Intricate art work.
An artist painting the central temple.
A close-up of some of the decorative wooden carvings found on the Shrines and Temples of Nikko.
Gate to the entrance of the Toshogu Shrine. Big cedar trees line the path.
Top three stories of the five storied Pagoda.
The "Three Monkeys" is famous throughout the world for the "see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil" poses. The carved monkeys were inspired by the Buddhist teaching that if we do not hear, see or speak evil, we ourselves shall be spared from evil, and the theme was chosen here in the belief that the monkeys would protect the horses from disease.
One could spend hours admiring the artistry. View this photo in original size to see the beautiful details and varied expressions on the carved animals' faces..
Loved the colors and dimensions of this carving.