I'm making one last post about Nagasaki today. This time I want to introduce Soufukuji, a Buddhist temple with a lot of visible, obvious Chinese influence. But first birds:
And Chinese-looking Buddhas:
Soufukuji is one of the "Three Fuku" temples in Nagasaki. As funny as that looks in English, "fuku" is the Japanese reading of the Chinese character for "luck"(福). (And "luck" rhymes with...Nah. I won't go there.) The other two are Koufukuji and Fukusaiji.
These three temples all have "fuku" in their names and all have a great degree of Chinese influence. Soufukuji is the most obvious of the three thanks to its bright, red entrance gate built in a southern Ming style.
After passing through the gate there are some stairs up to the temple itself.
Here's the next gate.
The first gate again.
The goddess, Mazu
A kettle that was built to feed the starving, well-washed (they were Japanese after all) masses during some famine or other.
A date written with the year in the Republic of China (Taiwan) calendar numbering. I guess this stone box must have come from there.
Another stone box with a Qing Dynasty year written on it.
Pretty cool, huh? Nagasaki's Chinese influence is not hard to find.