Dragons Around the World

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A travel photo collection of dragons today around the world.

Featuring sculptures at temples and more.

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Green dragon in Takayama temple, Japanese Alps. By The Traveladdicts (UK)
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Close up of the dragons from the lantern festival. By DIstinct DI

LANTERN FESTIVAL:

The Lantern Festival, also known as the Spring Lantern Festival, is a festival celebrated on the 15th day of the 1st month in the Chinese calendar. The days marks the completion of the traditional celebrations related to Chinese New Year.

It became a festival with significance as early as during the Western Han Dynasty (206 BCE-CE 25).

During the festival, children go out to temples at night while carrying paper lanterns. In ancient times, lanterns were quite simple, and only royalty and noblemen had big ornate ones. In the modern era, lanterns are embellished with complex designs. For example, lanterns often are made in the form of animals.

The lanterns symbolize people releasing their past selves and attaining new ones. The lanterns are frequently colored red to symbolize good fortune.

Reference: Wikipedia


Japanese Dragon shrine in Fujiyoshida. © 2005 Sean Wilson

FUJIYOSHIDA:

There are more than a 1,000 Fuji Sengen shrines across Japan, that are dedicated to Princess Konohanasakuya. The princess is the Shinto deity associated with Mount Fuji.

Fujiyoshida Sengen Shrine is the main Sengen Shrine on the northern side of the mountain. The head shrine of them is Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha on the mountain’s opposite side in Fujinomiya.

Fujiyoshida Sengen Shrine stands in a dense forest. It is set off from the road through a long approach lined by stone lanterns and shaded by tall cedar trees. The red painted buildings of the shrine include a main hall dating from 1615, a dancing stage, and a few auxiliary buildings.

Reference: Japan Guide

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Japanese Dragon water fountain in Fujiyoshida.© 2005 Sean Wilson

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Travel Photo: Temple dragon. © Vu Bui
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Kaifeng Dragon Boat, Henan, China. © Paul and Bernice Noll
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Painting (Korean dragon) on a pillar at Chinatown, Singapore. Taken by Jess @ Dragonsinn

Author: Jess

Jess has run Dragonsinn since 1999. She enjoys research and analysis, and appreciates how running a website brings these interests together. Non-draconic interests include cats, cooking, and UX design.

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