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A woman walks by a poster showing one of the 12 Heavenly Generals of Yakushi (Medicine) Buddha kept at Shin-Yakushi-ji Buddhist temple in Nara, at a subway station in Tokyo. The poster is part of a tourism campaign for Nara, which last year celebrated the 1,300th anniversary of its birth as Japan's ancient capital.

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The poster is part of a tourism campaign for Nara.

One might be apt to think that an image like that would be prone to have a negative effect on tourists.

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That would be a shame, because this particular collection of statues is really remarkable, and well worth visiting Nara to see.

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i bet the woman in the pic has no idea who the statue is, or even know that it is japanese...

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I think she knows unless she hasn't watched TV for the last few weeks.

Many TV-ads for that exhibit, etc. where they show the figures as they are now and how the looked originally(as seen on poster).

Similar figures/statues, etc are also common at entrances to buddhist temples, etc as guardians.

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Both wearing too much white foundation.

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Like I said in another post, getting an o-mamori at Yakushiji is probably a better idea than getting a flu shot. At least you won't be poisoning yourself for no reason!

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Gotta get one for the kids' rooms!

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They should have one of these by the priority seating spots on every train. "I've told you till I'm blue in the face--TURN OFF YOUR DAMNED PHONE!" hehe...

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The picture looks like an image of a devil himself.

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Nice picture. But the 12 Heavenly Generals of Yakushi are almost never shown independently :-O They are generally grouped in a protective circle around the Yakushi Nyorai.

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not a great pic. not a great topic starter.

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If that's a Heavenly General, I'd hate to see a Hellish General.

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Something weird about this picture...I just don't know what it is...

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Why 12 generals? An interesting number.

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