Sunday, 30 September 2012

The Great Eastern Temple

Todaiji or the Great Estern Temple was constructed in 752 on the order of Emperor Shomu; is one of Japan's most famous temple and of course, a landmark of Nara. It was one of the seven great temples of Nara (nanto shichi daiji) before Japan's capital was moved from Heijo-kyo (present day Nara) to Nagaoka and then to Heain-kyo (present day Kyoto). 

The temple derives its name from its location at the east of Nara, the capital of Japan back at the time when it was built.

The temple houses one of Japan's largest bronze statues of the Buddha (Daibutsu), standing at 14.84 metre - the Cosmic Buddha (Mahavairocana) later known as Daichi Nyorai and popularly known as the Nara Daibutsu (Great Buddha of Nara).

So this is one of the place we visited when we were in Nara in early December, last year.

No photo of the Nara Daibutsu in this post though. It would've been nice to enter and see the Great Buddha hall (Daibutsuden) but we decided against it as there were like more than a dozen school groups out on a trip that day and they were all heading there. It wouldn't be a nice experience for us!

Fret not. We visited and do have photos of Daibutsu. Just not in Nara. ^^

At the Great Southern Gate (Nandaimon), before the mayhem of squealing teenage girls started. heh
These 8 metre tall guardians were impressive enough for us to see!
The Daibutsuden and the crowd eagerly visiting it.

Bananaz went there before, and Bananaz had fun going through the healing pillar and now can be rest assured of a place in heaven. Right Bananaz? ^^

As per previous posts, here's a totally unrelated photo of me (I'm vain and shameless, I know) at Sunday's Salomon X-Trail run.
Happy to get the shoes all muddied up and dirty.

24 comments:

  1. Hi! Nice captures. The present building(Daibutuden) was built in 1709AD. It was built by Graet Buddha style of building.
    It's very similar to Zen Buddism style of building
    So The mainroof is warped as same as the Syouhukuji temple in Tokyo.

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  2. 8meter Daibutsu is also impressive for us.:) Nice photos.

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  3. Some great pictures Lina, I was awe struck when I first visited this place and it is a must see on any trip to Japan. The Great Buddha Hall is the largest wooden building in the world.

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    1. It's a great historic place to visit. Of course, great historic places has great crowd too. xD

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  4. I do like Todaiji. I really enjoy the big Buddha and it is a must if you go back again. Just go before the school kids get there. ^^

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    1. Is there a season for school kids to make a trip there?

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    2. School kids often go to these places for education. Often they go to Kyoto, but Nara is also really popular. Kamakura is somewhat popular and Nikko is too. Really depends on the area. It can be pretty cheap to do it for the school and the students. Not all of them can go to Korea or China, let alone America.

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    3. Well, we do these kind of school trip here too. Not many schools (not to mention parents) can afford overseas outing too. ^^

      But, is there like, a popular month/season for such school trips to be organized? Here, it would be the school holiday. Schools don't arrange them on school days.

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    4. The main holidays for school kids are New Year's, March, and August. I don't think it is any different but I do see a lot more of them go on weekdays rather than weekend. They tend to go during school days too. It is an "educational" trip after all.

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  5. I have to admit, to my intense embarrassment, that I've never been to Nara. One day ... one day ... I'll manage to tear myself away from Kyoto and travel on towards Nara.

    I can never decide what's worse: crowds of school kids on weekdays, or crowds of adult locals (local adults?) on weekends. The overseas tourists are always a pain. GRIN! :D

    PS: Do you wear dirty pink sneakers while touristing, too? ;)

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    1. I wonder if you can tear yourself away from Nara, after you managed to get yourself out of Kyoto (heck! what about Tokyo? hehe) what with all the interesting place with equally interesting history? ;p

      Yes, overseas tourists - they are such a PAIN! heh heh xD

      p.s. Pink shoes only reserved for special occasions. Touristing is not high-up in the list for pink shoes wearing. ;p

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    2. Pink shoes are reserved for special occasions? Aha. So when you and I finally go walkabout together in the shitamachi, you'll be dressed in pink stilettos? :D

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    3. Do you want me to walk like those Japanese girls, woman? Pigeon toe and all? kekeke

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  6. The tall guardians look angry, especially the first one.

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    1. Guardians are supposed to look scary to scare away intruders. ;p

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  7. I don't blame you for not wanting to visit somewhere with dozens of screaming kids. The place is huge, I hope their chaperone can keep track of them.

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    1. Japanese school kids are OK. They pretty much following the herd.
      But their chatter, screams and add the guide with hailers in the mix, you get a lot of noise. ;p

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  8. Hi! Lina. I started my new blog by using blogger. I hope you would visit my post. Wishing you a wonderful Sunday.

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    1. Thanks for the heads up, Minor. :)

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