Temple Rain Barrel


Rain barrel at Naritasan Shinshoji Temple

Rain barrel of Japanese Buddhist temples is one thing that I find particularly attractive even though every section of the temple is intricate. Perhaps because something utilitarian was melded into the structure.


Rain barrel at the right side of the temple

The simplicity of the idea to collect rainwater by means of a barrel cannot be undervalued for it’s a measure to preserve the beautiful wooden temple in case of fire. And for all other practical uses such as watering plants and cleaning, rain barrel is truly a functional beauty.


Another rain barrel from another temple inside the complex


Spot the two rain barrels



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