Thumbnail pictures from the Kokubun-ji temple in Shikoku - Japan
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The Kokubun-ji temple is number 80 in the pilgrim journey in Shikoku. This is founded in 741 by order of the reigning emperor. The bell made at that time is the oldest in Shikoku and is designated as an Important Cultural Property. This temple has a legend. Once the bell was transferred to Takamatsu Castle to toll the hours in the morning and evening, but strangely, it stopped making any sound. Many mysterious things began to happen in Takamatsu Castle, so the bell was returned to Kokubun-ji. Then there were no more strange phenomena, and the bell began to ring again.
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