Saturday, May 29, 2010

JAPAN - Nara, Tohdai-ji Temple, Rushana Daibutsu

JAPAN stamp

Location of NARA in JAPAN

Nara (奈良市) is the capital city of Nara Prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan. The city occupies the northern part of Nara Prefecture, directly bordering Kyoto Prefecture. Eight temples, shrines and ruins in Nara, specifically Tōdai-ji, Saidai-ji, Kōfuku-ji, Kasuga Shrine, Gangō-ji, Yakushi-ji, Tōshōdai-ji and the Heijō Palace remains, together with Kasugayama Primeval Forest, collectively form "Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara", a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Rushana Daibutsu - Todaiji Temple - Nara

This statue, found in Todaiji is the largest bronze statue in the world. It was completed in 749 AD. The statue is 15 meters high and used to be gold plated. Unfortunately, after the fire during the war in 1567 the statue needed to be recast, but was not plated with gold that time.
The pedestal of the statue has 28 lotus flowers, depicting the ‘universe’ called the Lotus World. The lotus is used as a symbol of enlightenment. The Emperor Shoumu, who had this statue built, had a wish that those who built the statue and guarded it through the ages may attain a state of enlightenment and be bathed in the light of understanding.

UNESCO World Heritage Site :

Date of inscription : 1998

Nara was the capital of Japan from 710 to 784. During this period the framework of national government was consolidated and Nara enjoyed great prosperity, emerging as the fountainhead of Japanese culture. The city's historic monuments – Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines and the excavated remains of the great Imperial Palace – provide a vivid picture of life in the Japanese capital in the 8th century, a period of profound political and cultural change.

Postcard sent by Masako, as "hatopoppo"
Private swap - Reference JP011

Rushana Daibutsu (National Treasure) Tohdai-ji Temple, Nara
The statue's sitting height is about 15 m.
The largest bronze in the world, completed in A.D. 749
by the Emperor Shômu's order

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