2010年04月15日

The Chinese high-ranking Buddhist monk, Jianzhen who moved to Japan in the Tenpyo period in the 8th century, established the Tosho-daiji Temple to teach the religious precept for Japan's Buddhist monks and breathed his last here.

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The famed Buddhist monk Jianzhen in China in the Tang dynasty, who accepted the invitation in order to enforce the Buddhist discipline in Japan, attempted to make a voyage all the way to Japan. In spite of the the adamant opposition from the Chinese government and the crude navigation skill, he finally reached the country at the 6th attempt when he turned to be 66 years old and he had lost his sight because of the hardship. He spent his final twelve years in Japan, first five years at the Todai-ji Temple and the rest of the years at the Tosho-daiji Temple in the picture which was established by himself. This decent temple which worked as a kind of school for able Buddhist monks in Japan remains as what used to be after periodical maintenances since its completion.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki,

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posted by masahisa at 16:48 | Nara | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2009年12月27日

"Horyu-ji" temple in Nara is the oldest wooden structure in the world.

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It is generally said that this temple was built by Prince Shotoku to stimulate the Buddhism in Japan in the 7th century.
The present buildings were rebuilt in the late 7th century, and ever since then they have survived many hardships including the Second World War, periodically being repaired by the corresponding governments for more than 1300 years. The architecture in the picture is designated as a World Heritage as well as a national treasure. Japan did not yet establish its own Japanism in the 7th century; thus an ambiences surrounds the ancient temple is releasing exotic fragrance, somehow exposing images of Korean temples.

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Masahisa Takaki.

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2009年09月22日

I visited "Todai-ji" and the Great Buddha of Nara.

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奈良の「東大寺」を訪れました。奈良時代(8世紀)に、聖武天皇が
国家の安泰を図る目的で建立しましたが、あまりに財政負担が大きかったため皮肉なことにこの大寺院の完成ととも国力が疲弊し人々はかえって飢えに苦しむことになりました。この「大仏殿」は江戸時代(18世紀)に再建されたましたが、大きさは最初の建物の3分の2しかありません。それでも、世界で一番大きな木造建築物です。中におさめられた青銅製の大仏の開眼式には遠くインドや中国からの高名な僧たちが招かれ国際色豊かに執り行われました。

通訳案内士 高木聖久

I visited "Todai-ji" temple in Nara, about 30km south of Kyoto.
The ancient Emperor "Shomu" erected this temple in the Nara period,the 8th century,for the purpose of securing the nation, however ironically just after the completion many people suffered from hunger because of too much expenditure for the huge construction. This grand building was rebuilt in the Edo period,the 18th century,only for two thirds of the original size.
But the temple is still proud of being the largest wooden construction in the world. The openning ceremony of "The Great Buddha" was observed together with many high-ranking buddhist priests invited from India and China.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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