2011年11月08日

'Hasedera' in Nara Prefecture leads other 240 Buddhist temples in Japan who take the name of 'Hasedera' dedicated to 'Juichimen-kannon' meaning the Eleven-faced Kannon.

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What impressed the visitors most in this temple is 'Nobori-ro' roofed stairway with 399 steps running from 'Nio-mon' entrance gate to 'Hondo' main building.
'Nobori-ro'in the picture below is an unusual structure among many Japanese Buddhist temples. Whilst, 'Hondo' above, designated as a national treasure, was originally built in the 8th century and present edifice was rebuilt in the 17th century by the donation of the Tokugawa shogunate. Japan's largest wooden Juichimen-kannon 10 meters high, created in the 16th century, is enshrined here. This old temple was depicted in Japan's leading classical literature in the Heian period such as 'The Pillow Book','The Tale of Genji'and 'The Sarashina Diary' and has another name of 'hana-no-otera', meaning flower temple, thanks to the cherry blossoms in spring and peony in early summer.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2011年11月04日

Asuka Village in Nara Prefecture boasts many legacies from ancient Japan, among which 'Asuka-daibutsu' made by sculptor 'Kuratsukuri-no-tori' also known as 'Tori-busshi' is the oldest Buddhist image in Japan.

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Buddhism introduced into Japan in the middle of the 6th century had gradually taken root involving a fierce argument till the beginning of the 7th century.
'Asuka-daibutsu' in the picture was created in those corresponding days named the 'Asuka period', featuring a typical Asuka-style figure with almond-shaped eyes. Though partly destroyed by fire two times in the Middle Ages, the image still sheds its original aroma thanks to the elaborate repair work. In addition, this old Buddhist image is the principal image in 'Asuka-dera' temple built by 'Soga-no-umako', de facto ruler of the nation of the day, as his family temple in the last part of the 5th century.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2011年11月03日

'Ishibutai-kofun' in Asuka village,Nara Prefecture is the oldest square-shaped burial mound in Japan.

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This barrow is regarded as the grave of 'Soga-no-Imoko',who exerted authority over ancient Japan as a maternal relative of the emperor of the day. The excavation research has made clear that it was built at the beginning of the 7th century, making use of the materials of the nearby smaller ancient mounds.
The big stone structure in the picture is a horizontal stone chamber originally covered with earth, however it has been washed away, finally to expose the masses of rocks who weighs 2,300 tons in total. These heavy materials are conveyed from the quarry in the vicinity by water transport. Unfortunately,all grave goods inside the chamber has been stolen by grave robbers.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久

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