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This image was taken in a room in Eiheiji (Eihei Temple) during my trip to Fukui Prefecture.

The room shows 230 pictures of the flower and the bird painted by 144 famous painters in 1930 on its ceiling.
It amused me a lot to see visiters looking up to the pictures.
The room doesn't have any lights but only sunshine from the small windows to keep its condition.

Eiheiji is the head temple of the Soto Sect of Zen Buddhism. It was founded in 1244 by Dogen Zenji, the Buddhist scholar who introduced Soto Zen to Japan in 1228, after studying in China for several years.

Eiheiji stands in the wooded hills, about 15 kilometers outside of Fukui City. It consists of over 70 buildings and structures, connected with each other by covered walkways.

Eiheiji is still an active monastery with around 150 practicing Zen monks. It is also possible for foreign visitors to stay at the temple for one or more nights and follow the monks' daily routine.

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