Don’t You Blashpheme In Here!

I’ve gotten away from posting Japan pictures, but here’s what may be my favorite warning sign ever:


In case you have trouble reading the text in the image:

Stranger whosoever thou art and whatsoever be thy creed, when thou enterest this sanctuary remember thou treadest upon ground hallowed by the worship of ages.

This is the Temple of BHUDDA [sic] and the gate of the Eternal and should therefore be entered with reverence.

I think that’s fantastic.

Of course, the tourist shop selling the glow-in-the-dark Buddha keychains was about fifty feet away. Outside the gate, though– I guess you take what reverence you can get.


  1. #1 John
    November 3, 2007

    I went inside the buddha statue when I visited Kamakura in 1970, and there were several bits of paper trash that someone had thrown inside the head. Was that irreverence, or keeping the buddha in perspective, or leaving prayers like the papers wedged into the Wailing Wall?

  2. #2 Dave Munger
    November 3, 2007

    Let me just try something to deboldify you:

    Did it work?

  3. #3 Dr. Free-Ride
    November 3, 2007

    As much as the signage, I love that you brought the Aretha in the post title.

  4. #4 Mary Kay
    November 3, 2007

    When we were in Kamakura looking at the big guy, Jordin, as is his wont, made some facetious remark or other and I told him he was being disrespectful. Then we went to the gift shop where the rest of our group laughed at me for the disrespectful remark. Not only glow in the dark Buddhas, but candy in the shape of Buddha!


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