May 26, 2012

Hiroshima Daibutsu in Gokurakuji Temple, Nara

On May 30th 2011, I read the new that Hiroshima Daibutsu was found in Gokurakuji Temple, Nara. Note that Daibutsu means giant statue of Buddha.

Hiroshima Daibutsu was enshrined to mourn for the victims of the atomic bomb dropped in Hiroshima city. But, the statue has gone missing since 1955.

In 2011, a Buddhist monk in Gokurakuji Temple read a book where Hiroshima Daibutsu was printed, and he thought that the statue in his temple was quite similar to Hiroshima Daibutsu. He asked the Nara National Museum to examine the statue. The Nara National Museum certified that the statue in Gokurakuji Temple is Hiroshima Daibutsu.

I went to Gokurakuji Temple on May 14th 2012. Public transportation is not a good way to go to the temple. I used a taxi from Hirahata Station of Kintetsu line. You can also use a taxi from JR Horyuji Station.

I prayed to Hiroshima Daibutsu. A Buddhist monk told me that Hiroshima Daibutsu was found two months after the Great East Japan Earthquake. This is no coincidence. The statue appeared to mourn for the victims of the earthquake. I agreed to his opinion.

Apr 22, 2012

Seisuiji Temple in Matsushiro

I went to Seisuiji Temple located in Matsushiro-cho Nagano prefecture on Oct 23th 2011. A beautiful 1000-handed Kannon is enshrined there. I think that the statue is the most beautiful in Nagano.

Apr 14, 2012

Night Viewing of cherry blossoms in To-ji Temple

When you arrive at Kyoto station by Shinkansen, you cannot miss the view of a five-story pagoda in To-ji Temple. The pagoda makes us feel that we come to Kyoto.

There is an event of night viewing in To-ji Temple from March 31th to April 15th this spring. I went to To-ji Temple on April 7th at night. It is the first time I have been to To-ji Temple at night.

I payed 500 Yen to enter the temple, and then walked to the pagoda. Cherry blossoms and the five-story pagoda were much more beautiful than I expected.

Mar 24, 2012

Most Beautiful Kannon Statue in Japan

There are many Kannon statues in Japan because Kannon is one of the most popular deities. Thus, we have a following question: what is the most beautiful Kannon statue in Japan? Although each of people who like to see a Buddhist statue has a different opinion, they agree that eleven faced Kannon in Doganji Temple Kannondo (Kogenji Temple) is one of the most beautiful Kannon statues in Japan.

After Daishiji Temple, I visited Doganji Temple Kannondo. I got off at JR Takatsuki Station. I then walked from the station to the temple. You can get a map at the Takatsuki tourist association next to the station.

The eleven faced Kannon is enshrined in the treasure house of Doganji Temple. To enter the house, you have to pay 300 YEN. There is a guide in the house. He/She tells you the detail of the Kannon. But, I think that he/she can speak only in Japanese.

You can go round the Kannon statue. It is beautiful from all angles. Among 11 faces, you should check a face that look behind. The face smiles very much. It is said that the face laughs off suffering.

Mar 19, 2012

Lying Statue of Kobo-Daishi in Daishiji Temple

After Soanji Temple, I went to Daishiji Temple. Daishi usually means Kobo-Daishi (Kukai) in Japan.

There is a unique statue of Kukai in Daishiji Temple. It is a lying statue of Kukai. Such a statue is enshrined only in Daishiji Temple. You can touch the lying statue while praying.

Daishiji Temple is located near Hikone Station. It is cozy. If you have spare time in Hikone I recommend to go to Daishiji Temple.

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