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They were like beautiful angels [Japanese word, tennin].
And there are wonderful friezes above the doors, from which all colour has long since faded away, marvellous grey old carvings in relief; floating figures of tennin, or heavenly spirits playing upon flutes and biwa.
Above, in the loftiest blue, are floating tennin, angels of the Buddhist heaven, maidens with phoenix wings.
Yet not a picture of her as she seemed to the Master's pupils but the memory of her as she had been in the days of her youth, bright-eyed as a bird, lithe as a bamboo, dazzling as a tennin  in her raiment of silk and gold.