JAPAN TRAVELOGUE – DAY 9 – NARA IV – TODAIJI TEMPLE

by Antonio Gil August. 10, 2020 565 views
Todaiji temple – Teresa's picture

Todaiji temple – Teresa's picture

The massive building houses one of Japan's largest bronze statues of Buddha (Daibutsu). The 15 meters tall, seated Buddha represents Vairocana

The massive building houses one of Japan's largest bronze statues of Buddha (Daibutsu). The 15 meters tall, seated Buddha represents Vairocana

Video - Todaiji Temple in Nara

Todaiji (東大寺, Tōdaiji, "Great Eastern Temple") is one of Japan's most famous and historically significant temples and a landmark of Nara. The temple 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 the temple's influence on government affairs.

Until recently, Todaiji's main hall, the Daibutsuden (Big Buddha Hall), held the record as the world's largest wooden building, despite the fact that the present reconstruction of 1692 is only two thirds of the original temple hall's size.

https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e4100.html

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Tsao T-F 8 months ago

There are many temples in Japan. As far as I know, many of them are privately owned or even family-owned. Japanese monks seem to be able to marry and have children, unlike in Taiwan. Those families with temples even own the entire mountain where the temple is located, so visitors can climb mountains and walk forest trails in addition to seeing the temple.

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Antonio Gil Replied to Tsao T-F 8 months ago

Thank you so much for the information my friend. We are always learning.

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Varsha Arun 8 months ago

#1 is awe-inspiring Angil, Love the Japanese temple roof proportions...I just missed this place as I didn't have time for it...Oh well, maybe next time. Did you get to see any of the deer this place is famous for?

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Antonio Gil Replied to Varsha Arun 8 months ago

Thank you dear Varsha. If you look at the last posts you'll see lots of deer 😊

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Varsha Arun Replied to Antonio Gil 8 months ago

Yes,indeed!They are adorable!

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Steveandjustyna 8 months, 1 week ago

Very interesting place! A wonderful close up of Buddha photo #5

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Antonio Gil Replied to Steveandjustyna 8 months, 1 week ago

His hand is the size of a person. Thanks for the visit 😊

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Camellia Staab 8 months, 1 week ago

As always fascinating to read and view. I really like the wide angle perspective on #2 and then the "close up" of Buddha is very good.

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Antonio Gil Replied to Camellia Staab 8 months, 1 week ago

Thank you for your always supportive comments dear friend

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G B 8 months, 1 week ago

Ohhhh! I'm loving the Buddha! I read somewhere that in the early years when Buddhism came to Japan, the Buddhist temples replaced the ancient burial grounds that the rich and famous elite families used to build for their famous or wealthy ancestors. Aesthetically, temples were favored as a place to visit and acknowledge their ancestors...Isnt that interesting? I wonder what happens to the mounds.....Interesting set my friend!

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Antonio Gil Replied to G B 8 months, 1 week ago

Thanks for the insightful input G. Very interesting. I'm going to research that line of thought. Many thanks G.

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Jay Boggess 8 months, 1 week ago

WOW! Wonderfiul series, as always, Amigos! Love all the interesting POV's, compositions, colors, variety and commentary! The video is a perfect  complement too your fine images! It's amazing that a temple, made of wood, could still stand after so many centuries!
  +1eyes+1

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Antonio Gil Replied to Jay Boggess 8 months, 1 week ago

Thank you my friend. My pleasure to be able to share these images with people like yourself Jay. Thanks for all the support. More to come 😊

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Jay Boggess Replied to Antonio Gil 8 months, 1 week ago

Always a treat, Amigos!
Your unfailing generosity and energetic offerings always delight & never disappoint!
Rock On!!!
+1eyes+1

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Francesc 8 months, 1 week ago

Fantastic captures....I love Teresa's picture ....Happy day Antonio

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Antonio Gil Replied to Francesc 8 months, 1 week ago

Happy day Francesc, and thank you for your kindness

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