2010年09月14日

'Yakushi-ji' in Nara is the main temple the 'Hosso' sect, with two brilliant pagodas working as accessaries for a main hall of the temple, which is called the 'Yakushi-ji' style arrangement.

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'Yakushi-ji' temple was originally built in Kashiwara City in Nara Prefecture, then capital 'Fujiwara-kyo', at a votive wish of Emperor Temmu for the recovery of his consort's illness. After that, it was moved to the current place in the 8th century going with the relocation of the capital from 'Fujiwara-kyo' to 'Heijo-kyo' in Nara. The East Pagoda is the only one original structure of the temple because two fires destroyed other structures in the 10th century and 16th, however these including the West Pagoda in the picture had been rebuilt since the 17th century. And furthermore, The 'Yakushi-triad' Buddhist statue enshrined in the Main Hall is designated as a national treasure together with the East Pagoda, the reason why is that these masterpieces were created when Japan established its own style apart from Chinese or Korean influence.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant.
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久。

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posted by masahisa at 06:51 | Nara | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2010年07月01日

'Kofun', an ancient burial mound in Japan created from the third century through the sixth century, that is a grave of rulers of various parts of the country, is various in such shapes as round, square and keyhole.

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The number of Japan's ancient burial mounds is roughly estimated some two hundred thousands and five thousands of them are keyhole shaped mounds. These kinds of burial mounds can be seen in Korea, however the characteristics found in Japan are the keyhole shaped design and the hugeness. Many of this typical designed huge mounds are thought to be mausoleums of the late emperors and their consorts. The largest burial mound in the country with a length of 490 meters and a hight of 33 meters, that is regarded as the 16th Emperor Nintoku, is located in Sakai, Osaka. The keyhole shaped mound in the picture surrounded with a moat, although it is hard to learn the whole shape seen from this angle, is said to be that of the 11th Emperor Suinin and it has a length of 230 meters.
*For your information; The present emperor is the 125th.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 07:43 | Nara | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2010年05月01日

The Nigatsu-do, one of the Buddhist shrines belongs to the Todai-ji temple in Nara, is exclusively used for the religious event called the Syunie, well known by the name of the Omizu-tori, which is annually observed in February, Nigatsu in Japanese.

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The Nigatsu-do in the picture stands where the former Todai-ji temple had stood before today's Todai-ji was established in the 8th century. The original structure was burnt down by the accidental fire during the Omizutori festival in the 17th century, however it was immediately reconstructed thanks to the support of the Tokugawa Shogun. The well known Omizutori began almost at the same time as the Great Buddha was completed in the 8th century and it had been observed by the selected seven monks for the purpose of the nation's stability and prosperity.
Many people rush here on every year to see the huge seven torches with raging flames on the veranda of this edifice. This stately building is highly estimated because of its original form by the faithful reconstruction works and so it was on the list of the national treasures.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久

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