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Stormtroopers get to enjoy the fall colors at the Kitain Temple

December 11, 2017

When I went to visit the Kawagoe Castle Ruins last time, I failed to bring with me my two Stormtrooper companions. I did not even bring with me my Stormtrooper helmet. So when I explored the Kitain Temple the next day, I made sure to take them along.

Kitain Temple is one of the major tourist attractions in Kawagoe. It’s a Buddhist temple with a very long history and is noted for being part of the original Edo Castle. It is easy to miss the Kitain Temple when touring around Little Edo as it is located far from the old warehouse district and one would need to go through a series of narrow roads to reach the place.

Kitain Temple

Below is a Google Map of the Kitain Temple relative to the old warehouse district to give you an idea.

Red maple leaves, fall colors

Fall colors at Kitain Temple

Also read: Kawagoe: A leisurely walk in Edo and Meiji Eras

The 500 Rakan is another feature at the Kitain Temple. It’s a collection of 540 stone statues depicting the disciples of Buddha. Interestingly, all 540 statures have different facial expressions. I only took the photo outside the perimeter walls as I could not find the entrance no matter how many times I have circled around the place. HAHA!

The 500 Rakan

Three of these things are not like the other, can you spot them?

Unfortunately, though a lone tree has managed to retain its red leaves, most of the trees in front of the Kitain Temple had already shed their leaves off.

However, when I explored the back side of one of the minor shrines nearby, I found that the leaves of the trees were still very much alive. Which got these two Stormtroopers excited as each of them took a piece of the maple leaves that have fallen and started posing likes lunatics around.

Stormtroopers and fall colors

Stormtroopers and fall colors

Stormtroopers and fall colors
Stormtroopers and fall colors

Stormtroopers and fall colors

Stormtroopers and fall colors

I was walking around aimlessly the whole afternoon and only noticed the time when my stomach started rumbling. It was around 2:30 PM, I saw that there’s a Lawson convenience store near the Hon Kawagoe train station so I went there to have a cup of noodles.

Lawson convenience stores provide disposable chopsticks when you buy cup noodles (and other bento and stuff that can be immediately eaten) and they provide hot water, too if you’re in for a quick meal. So there was one of my Stormtroopers helping seal the cup while the noodles cook.

Nissin Seafood cup noodles
Stormtrooper and Nissin Seafood cup noodles

December 9, 2012 | Kitain Temple, 1 Chome-20-1 Kosenbamachi, Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture 350-0036

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