Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture
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Tengu... da!
I love Japanese folklore, with its stories of Samurai, demons, and spirits. One of my favorite characters from Japanese lore is the Tengu, a mountain nymph of sorts, who likes to tempt Buddhist priests to break their vows, and to teach devoted Shinto warriors to become masters of the sword. In Kamakura, there is a famous temple with over 40 Tengu statues and about a billion stairs. I guess if you want to meet the gods you need to pass the trials to get there?
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