Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Return (Day 5) Nara

Leah, Alex & Tash pose in front of the tallest of the pagodas at Kofuku-ji. The 5-storey wooden structure was constructed in 1426.

Couldn't get the name of this one. Can anyone help? Apparently you rub any injured part of your body and the corresponding part on the statue and it's all better.

The Daibutsu-den Hall within the Todai-ji complex is the biggest wooden building in the world. It was rebuilt in 1709 at a mere two thirds of its original size. The Daibutsu (Great Buddha) within is cast from 437 tonnes of bronze and 130kg of gold.

Behind the giant Buddha, cut into the base of a  supporting pillar, is a square hole reputedly the same size as the Great Buddha's nostril. It's said that the person who can fit through the hole will become enlightened. This kid is yet to be enlightened.

Made it! She will be enlightened...

No trip to Kyoto would be complete without a visit to the nearby Nara, Japan's capital 1300 years ago!

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