Our daughter loves to make things using paper and origami: sushi, dragons, etc. But this time she really surprised us. She made a Buddhist temple (tera 寺):
Somehow, she remembered the Shingon Buddhist temple Jingoji, which we visited for New Year, and made this temple the same way. Here’s the inside:
Like all esoteric or mikkyō (密教) Buddhist temples, it has a special altar in the middle with a “rope”. You can see a similar altar here. The book in the middle is the sutra book (okyō お経), while the people sit around the edge. I was so surprised by her photographic memory. This looks very similar to Jingoji temple in Redmond, Wa. She told us she wants to go back again to play with the little girl, so I will probably contact the priest there and see if we can go again. 🙂
It’s so interesting to see how kids express religion and such.