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Gohyaku Rakan #1

Gohyaku Rakan, the 538 very personalized statues of the disciples of Buddha carved out of rock at the Kitai-in Temple, Kawagoe. Some of the statues carry hats or gourds, others take a typical pose or have an animal with them. All animals of the Asian zodiac are represented (the dragon twice). Find the statue with the animal that corresponds to your birth year, give it a 1 or 5 yen coin and rub its head for luck.

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