(as seen on October 10th, 2001, on the
Yamato section of the Aki
Nara is in
the heart of Old Yamato. Toshodaiji is one of the many temples located on Nara's quieter
west side. It is between the
Tomb of Emperor Suinin and Yakushiji. A walk down this road
evokes the past in a way that few places can. You can read
about my visit to Nara in my Logbook, read more about my Yamato
experiences, or read about the entire Aki
Meguri from the beginning.
|Toshodaiji is one of the greats--or will be.
The main hall is under reconstruction, which is expected to be finished
in 2009! I have seen some of its treasures in Tokyo; it's
common practice to tour a temple's holdings while the buildings are
Mainly I remember the statue of Saint Ganjin, or Kakai-Taishi, the
founder of this temple. It's one of the eeriest statues I've ever
seen. He was a blind Chinese priest invited to come here and
teach Buddhist precepts; he died in 763.
Anyway, despite the repair work, the grounds are beautiful.
Here's a quick look.
||The Nandai-mon or
"Great Southern Gate."
|The Kodo or "Lecture Hall."
Great statues inside.
||The Honganden. I have no idea
what it means, but it sure is purdy, ain't it?
|The Koro, or drum tower. The
lovely gray building behind it is the sheathing around the main
hall. You can watch the workman through windows in the
front, as well as view a video with Computer Graphics of the