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  1. jockeii

    Creative ideas for minimal/budget-friendly wedding in Japan

    Hello everyone, My fiancée and I are currently considering getting married in Japan. She lives in the Philippines, and I live in Canada. Most specifically, we are targeting (ideally) Kansai region. Kyoto is the closest to our hearts, but we are very much open to Nara and Osaka as well, or...
  2. OoTmaster

    Japanese Trip in April

    Posted here asking for recommendations for cheap hotels a little more than a year ago and never updated everyone on how that turned out. That was because at the time I did not end up going to Japan. I started putting money into other things about that time. Next month though I will be going to...
  3. Kegon School

    Religion Kegon School

    The Kegon School of Buddhism (華厳宗 Kegon-shū) flourished in the early centuries of Japanese Buddhist history and was one of the largest of the Six Sects of Nara (南都六宗 Nanto Rokushū). It is based on the Huayan or Flower Garland school of Buddhism and was introduced in Japan by the Chinese monk...
  4. Todaiji Temple

    Todaiji Temple

    Deer, regarded as messengers of the gods in the Shinto, roam freely around the temples in Nara.
  5. Todaiji Temple

    Todaiji Temple

    Deer in front of Nandaimon, the Great Southern Gate, a National Treasure (13th century CE)
  6. Todaiji Temple

    Todaiji Temple

    Chūmon (中門), the Inner Gate leading to the Daibutsuden
  7. Todaiji Temple

    Todaiji Temple

    Daibutsuden, as seen from Chūmon.
  8. Todaiji Temple

    Todaiji Temple

    Gilded Amidha Buddha Statue in the Main Hall
  9. Todaiji Temple

    Todaiji Temple

    Komokuten, one of the pair of guardians in the Daibutsuden
  10. Todaiji Temple

    Todaiji Temple

    Bishamonten watching over Tōdai-ji and its precincts.
  11. Todaiji Temple

    Todaiji Temple

    Children climbing through a hole in a beam of the Main Hall, which is said to be the same size as the Buddha's nostril. It is said that those climbing through will attain wisdom.
  12. Binzuru

    Binzuru

    Binzuru (賓頭盧), short for Bindora Baradaja (賓度羅跋囉惰闍), is a wooden statue seated in the lotus position reputed to have the gift of healing.
  13. Todaiji Temple

    Travel Todaiji Temple

    Tōdai-ji (東大寺, Eastern Great Temple) is a significant monastery-temple belonging to the Kegon sect of Buddhism. It was erected by order of Emperor Shōmu (聖武天皇, 701-756) in the eastern part of Nara, the capital of Japan between 710-784, to become the most important religious institution within...
  14. Binzuru

    Binzuru

    Wooden statue of Binzuru (o, Pindola Bharadvaja) in front of Todaiji temple in Nara. Binzuru was said to have healing powers, thereby curing a person's ailment whenever they rub the respective body part of the statue.
  15. Nara Period

    History Nara Period

    The Nara Period (奈良時代 Nara jidai) is the historical period beginning in 710, the year the capital was moved from Fujiwarakyō to Heijōkyō (the modern-day city of Nara), and ending in 784 when the capital was moved to Nagaokakyō. The ten years at Nagaokakyō (784-794) are usually included in the...
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