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Words-and-Pictures: Asukadera

(as seen on October 11, 2001, on the Ya,mato stage of the Aki Meguri)

Note: Asuka is even older than Nara.  In addition to Asukadera, it is filled with mysterious stones.  You can read more about these stones, and my visit to Asuka itself, in my Logbook, read more about my Yamato experiences, or read about the entire Aki Meguri from the beginning.
 
Asukadera may be Japan's oldest Buddhist temple, dating back to 588.  It features a (small) "Great Buddha." This figure of Yakushi Nyorai, the Medicine Buddha, was originally made in 609, but it is now largely the result of subsequent reconstructions.  Only the face and the raised hand are said to be original.
The Main (Buddha) Hall

The Oldest Wooden Statue of the Buddha in Japan--sort of
The old face

An old hand
Kids and a docent

 
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