TODAIJI TEMPLE _ 0484

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Tōdai-ji is a Buddhist temple complex located in the city of Nara, Japan. Its Great Buddha Hall, houses the world’s largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana, known in Japanese simply as Daibutsu. The temple also serves as the Japanese headquarters of the Kegon school of Buddhism. The temple is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site as “Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara”, together with seven other sites including temples, shrines and places in the city of Nara. Sika deer, regarded as messengers of the gods in the Shinto religion, roam the grounds freely.

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The beginning of building a temple where the Tōdai-ji complex sits today can be dated to 728, when Emperor Shōmu established Kinshōsen-ji as an appeasement for Prince Motoi, his first son with his Fujiwara clanconsort Kōmyōshi. Prince Motoi died a year after his birth. 

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It prospered as a place much like a school where Buddhist teachings were conveyed extensively and monks were educated.
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From Nara, Japan
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No.51 ( My Unesco World Heritage Site)

 

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TANZAN SHRINE IN SPRING _ 0476

Tanzan Shrine  also known as the Danzan Shrine, the Tōnomine Shrine and the Tōnomine Temple, is a Shinto shrine in Sakurai, Nara Prefecture, Japan.

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The shrine traces its origin to a Tendai temple built in the Asuka period (538 – 710) called Tōnomine-ji, built by the monk Jo’e (643 – 666). Jo’e was the oldest son of Fujiwara no Kamatari (614 – 669), founder of the Fujiwara clan. Jo’e located the temple on Tōnomine, a peak of on the southern side of Mount Goharetsu (619 metres (2,031 ft)). Jo’e moved the remains of Kamatari to a 13-story pagoda on the site. The emperors Daigo (884 – 930) and Go-Hanazono (1419 – 1471) attached special reverence to the temple, and bestowed it with various honorifics.
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DISPYROS KAKI _ 0288

Dispyros Kaki in Japan

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From Nara, Japan
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