• Japan, Tour and Vacation August 21, 2009 1 Comment
    2009
    Aug
    21

    Buddhism was imported to Japan via China and Korea in the form of a present from the friendly Korean kingdom of Kudara (Paikche) in the 6th century. While Buddhism was welcomed by the ruling nobles as Japan’s new state religion, it did not initially spread among the common people due to its complex theories. There were also a few initial conflicts with Shinto, Japan’s native religion. The two religions were soon able to co-exist and even complement each other.

    During the Nara Period, the great Buddhist monasteries in the capital Nara, such as Todaiji, gained strong political influence and were one of the reasons for the government to move the capital to Nagaoka in 784 and then to Kyoto in 794.

    Todaiji Temple took more than 15 years to build. The main hall is still the worlds largest wooden building, even though it was rebuilt in 1790 at only two-thirds of the original size.

    In Todaiji Temple (United Nations World Heritage Site), the world’s largest wooden building. Nara, Japan, Photo by KaKa

    In Todaiji Temple (United Nations World Heritage Site), the world’s largest wooden building. Nara, Japan, Photo by KaKa

    Buddha in Todaiji Temple, Nara, Japan. Photo by KaKa

    Buddha in Todaiji Temple, Nara, Japan. Photo by KaKa

    Wood Buddha in Todaiji Temple, Nara, Japan. Photo by KaKa

    Wood Buddha in Todaiji Temple, Nara, Japan. Photo by KaKa

    Gardens in Todaiji Temple, Nara, Japan. Photo by KaKa

    Gardens in Todaiji Temple, Nara, Japan. Photo by KaKa

    Japanese Believers Visit Mission in Todaiji Temple (United Nations World Heritage Site),  Nara, Japan. Photo by KaKa

    Japanese Believers Visit Mission in Todaiji Temple (United Nations World Heritage Site), Nara, Japan. Photo by KaKa

    Gardens in Todaiji Temple, Nara, Japan. Photo by KaKa

    Gardens in Todaiji Temple, Nara, Japan. Photo by KaKa

    In Todaiji Temple there are many sika deers free play with tourists. Japan, Nara. Photo by KaKa.

    In Todaiji Temple there are many sika deers free play with tourists. Japan, Nara. Photo by KaKa.

    In Todaiji Temple there are many sika deers free play with tourists. Japan, Nara. Photo by KaKa.

    In Todaiji Temple there are many sika deers free play with tourists. Japan, Nara. Photo by KaKa.

    In Todaiji Temple there are many sika deers free play with tourists. Japan, Nara. Photo by KaKa.

    In Todaiji Temple there are many sika deers free play with tourists. Japan, Nara. Photo by KaKa.

    Todaiji Temple, the sika deers go back to the hill in the evening. Japan, Nara. Photo by KaKa.

    Todaiji Temple, the sika deers go back to the hill in the evening. Japan, Nara. Photo by KaKa.

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  • 2009
    Aug
    20

    Todaiji, a temple complex in the city of Nara in Nara Prefecture Japan, a United Nations World Heritage Site, it was built in the year 743. At that time Buddhism was at its height, and served as a state religion. The best-known relic at Todaiji Temple is its Daibutsu, a colossal statue that, with 15 meters (49 feet) in height, is the world’s largest gilded bronze Buddha.  

    The world’s largest gilded bronze Buddha is housed in an all-wood building, the Daibutsu-den, 48 meters (157 feet) in height, the largest wooden building in the world. Within the precincts of the temple, aligned along one-kilometer north-south and east-west axes centered on the Daibutsu-den, are an array of other buildings, including halls and storehouses, seven of which are National Treasures.

    By virtue of being one of the major historical temples in Japan, Todaiji Temple also possesses many valuable cultural artifacts. More than 20 of these Buddhist statues and other works of art are National Treasures. The repository for them, Shosoin, lives up its name of the Treasure House of the World. 

    To enter the temple, first of all, Wash your hands and gargle. Todaiji Temple, Nara, Japan, Photo by KaKa

    To enter the temple, first wash your hands and gargle. Todaiji Temple, Nara, Japan. Photo by KaKa

    In Todaiji Temple (United Nations World Heritage Site), there is the world’s largest ancient wooden building. Nara, Japan, Photo by KaKa

    In Todaiji Temple (United Nations World Heritage Site), there is the world’s largest ancient wooden building. Nara, Japan. Photo by KaKa

    In Todaiji Temple (United Nations World Heritage Site). Nara, Japan, Photo by KaKa

    In Todaiji Temple (United Nations World Heritage Site). Nara, Japan. Photo by KaKa

    In Todaiji Temple (United Nations World Heritage Site), there is the world’s largest ancient wooden building. Nara, Japan, Photo by KaKa

    In Todaiji Temple (United Nations World Heritage Site), there is the world’s largest ancient wooden building. Nara, Japan. Photo by KaKa

    In Todaiji Temple (United Nations World Heritage Site), there is the world’s largest ancient wooden building. Nara, Japan, Photo by KaKa

    In Todaiji Temple (United Nations World Heritage Site), there is the world’s largest ancient wooden building. Nara, Japan, Photo by KaKa

    Very old tree in Todaiji Temple, Nara, Japan, Photo by KaKa

    Very old tree in Todaiji Temple, Nara, Japan, Photo by KaKa

    In Todaiji Temple (United Nations World Heritage Site). Nara, Japan, Photo by KaKa

    In Todaiji Temple (United Nations World Heritage Site). Nara, Japan, Photo by KaKa

    GPS Position: 34.686634, 135.839875

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  • 2009
    Aug
    19

    Nara Todaiji Temple is United Nations World Heritage Site.
    There are many sika deers, they free walk on the road and play with tourists together.
    In the buddhist culture atmosphere,there is a natural sense of leisure.

    Todaiji (“Great Eastern Temple”) is one of Japan’s most famous and historically significant temples and a landmark of Nara. Todaiji was constructed in 752 as the head temple of all provincial Buddhist temples of Japan and grew so powerful that the capital was moved from Nara to Nagaoka in 784 in order to lower its influence on government affairs. Not only is Todaiji housing Japan’s largest Buddha statue (Daibutsu), but it is also the world’s largest wooden building, even though the present reconstruction of 1692 is only two thirds of the original temple’s size.

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    In Nara Park, Todaiji Temple there are many sika deers free play with tourists. Japan, Nara, Photo by KaKa.

    In Nara Park, Todaiji Temple there are many sika deers free play with tourists. Japan, Nara, Photo by KaKa.

    In Nara Park, Todaiji Temple there are many sika deers free play with tourists. Japan, Nara, Photo by KaKa.

    In Nara Park, Todaiji Temple there are many sika deers free play with tourists. Japan, Nara, Photo by KaKa.

    In Nara Park, Todaiji Temple there are many sika deers free play with tourists. Japan, Nara, Photo by KaKa.

    In Nara Park, Todaiji Temple there are many sika deers free play with tourists. Japan, Nara, Photo by KaKa.

    In Nara Park, Todaiji Temple there are many sika deers free play with tourists. Japan, Nara, Photo by KaKa.

    In Nara Park, Todaiji Temple there are many sika deers free play with tourists. Japan, Nara, Photo by KaKa.

    In Nara Park, Todaiji Temple there are many sika deers free play with tourists. Japan, Nara, Photo by KaKa.

    In Nara Park, Todaiji Temple there are many sika deers free play with tourists. Japan, Nara, Photo by KaKa.

    In Nara Park, Todaiji Temple there are many sika deers free play with tourists. Japan, Nara, Photo by KaKa.

    In Nara Park, Todaiji Temple there are many sika deers free play with tourists. Japan, Nara, Photo by KaKa.

    In Nara Park, Todaiji Temple there are many sika deers free play with tourists. Japan, Nara, Photo by KaKa.

    In Nara Park, Todaiji Temple there are many sika deers free play with tourists. Japan, Nara, Photo by KaKa.

    In Nara Park, Todaiji Temple there are many sika deers free play with tourists. Japan, Nara, Photo by KaKa.

    In Nara Park, Todaiji Temple there are many sika deers free play with tourists. Japan, Nara, Photo by KaKa.

    In Nara Park, Todaiji Temple there are many sika deers free play with tourists. Japan, Nara, Photo by KaKa.

    In Nara Park, Todaiji Temple

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  • 2009
    Aug
    16

    Toshodai-ji Temple is an implicit style and elegant design Buddhist temple in Nara Japan.

    Toshodai-ji Temple was constructed in the Nara Period (710-794) by the Chinese priest Jianzhen (called Ganjin in Japan), who arrived in Nara in 754 at the invitation of Emperor Shomu and was given the land by the court to construct the temple in 759.

    The Kondo or hall is a magnificent example of Nara (Tempyo) architecture and is designated as a National Treasure. It houses a large image of Birushana, the Cosmic Buddha (also a National Treasure), a large statue of Yakushi Nyorai and Senju (thousand-armed) Kannon.

    Next to the image of the Birushana are Bon-ten, Taishaku-ten and Shi-tenno – all of which are designated National Treasures. Directly behind the Kondo is the Kodo, a lecture hall which houses an image of Miroku Nyorai which is also designated an Important Cultural Property.

    United Nations World Heritage Site Toshodai-ji  Temple, Nara Japan, Photo by KaKa, http://kakanow.com

    United Nations World Heritage Site Toshodai-ji Temple, Nara Japan, Photo by KaKa, http://kakanow.com

    United Nations World Heritage Site Toshodai-ji Temple, Nara Japan, Photo by KaKa, http://kakanow.com

    United Nations World Heritage Site Toshodai-ji Temple, Nara Japan, Photo by KaKa, http://kakanow.com

    United Nations World Heritage Site Toshodai-ji Temple, Nara Japan, Photo by KaKa, http://kakanow.com

    United Nations World Heritage Site Toshodai-ji Temple, Nara Japan, Photo by KaKa, http://kakanow.com

    Bell tower in Toshodai-ji Temple, Nara Japan, Photo by KaKa, http://kakanow.com

    Bell tower in Toshodai-ji Temple, Nara Japan, Photo by KaKa, http://kakanow.com

    Small cobblestone ground. Toshodai-ji Temple Nara Japan, Photo by KaKa, http://kakanow.com

    Small cobblestone ground. Toshodai-ji Temple Nara Japan, Photo by KaKa, http://kakanow.com

    United Nations World Heritage Site Toshodai-ji Temple, Nara Japan, Photo by KaKa, http://kakanow.com

    United Nations World Heritage Site Toshodai-ji Temple, Nara Japan, Photo by KaKa, http://kakanow.com

    Poetry monument in Toshodai-ji Temple, Nara Japan, Photo by KaKa, http://kakanow.com

    Poetry monument in Toshodai-ji Temple, Nara Japan, Photo by KaKa, http://kakanow.com

    Koi in Toshodai-ji Temple, Nara Japan, Photo by KaKa, http://kakanow.com

    Koi in Toshodai-ji Temple, Nara Japan, Photo by KaKa, http://kakanow.com

    Small cobblestone ground. Toshodai-ji Temple Nara Japan, Photo by KaKa, http://kakanow.com

    Small cobblestone ground. Toshodai-ji Temple Nara Japan, Photo by KaKa, http://kakanow.com

    Very humid, suitable for bryophyte. Toshodai-ji Temple, Nara Japan, Photo by KaKa, http://kakanow.com

    Very humid, suitable for bryophyte. Toshodai-ji Temple, Nara Japan, Photo by KaKa, http://kakanow.com

    Very humid, suitable for bryophyte. Toshodai-ji Temple, Nara Japan, Photo by KaKa, http://kakanow.com

    Very humid, suitable for bryophyte. Toshodai-ji Temple, Nara Japan, Photo by KaKa, http://kakanow.com

    United Nations World Heritage Site Toshodai-ji Temple, Nara Japan, Photo by KaKa, http://kakanow.com

    United Nations World Heritage Site Toshodai-ji Temple, Nara Japan, Photo by KaKa, http://kakanow.com

    Wooden gate in Toshodai-ji Temple, Nara Japan, Photo by KaKa, http://kakanow.com

    Wooden gate in Toshodai-ji Temple, Nara Japan, Photo by KaKa, http://kakanow.com

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