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Byodoin -Kyoto, Japan (Not my origin)
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Byodoin -Kyoto, Japan (Not my origin)

"Byōdō-in with a pond in front of it"

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TommyT Report This Comment
Date: January 16, 2006 02:44PM

(fossil_digger asked to me)

 The Byodo-in was originally one retreat, owned by Fujiwara no MIchinaga and was converted into a temple in 1052 by his son, the Kanpaku (imperial regent) Fujiwara no Yorimichi. In the following year , the Amidado (Amida Buddha hall, widely known today as the Ho-o-do (phoenix hall) was built which enshrined a statue of Amida Buddha carved by the sculptor Jocho. By the begining of the 12th century, the Hokkedo, the Godaido and other building were added. Whereas most of these were destoryed when the temple complex was put to the torch in 1336, the original Ho-o-do, the Kamakura Period reconstruction of the Kannondo (Kannon hall) and the Shoro (belfry) survive to the present day.  
The Ho-o-do is an airy and graceful structure comprising a central hall flanked by two wings with a corridor behind. The main roof of the central hall is ornamented at either end by a bronze figure of the phoenix-like mythological bird known as ho-o. The interior is adorned with an ornate double ciborium, hosoge designs, carved bodhisattvas and murals. In front of the Phoenix Hall lies a garden with a pond, intended to represent the Judo (Pure Land Paradise). This garden is unique in incorporating the surrounding natural scenery, and is known as the "Jodo garden". The Byodo-in garden served as the prototype for the temple garden built around a central Amida Buddha hall.

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TommyT Report This Comment
Date: January 16, 2006 02:46PM

"&#12288" wrote =Byodoin= by =Kanji= (Use in Japanese and Chinese area)
TommyT Report This Comment
Date: January 16, 2006 02:48PM

...I thought. But it was not right...;
shaDEz Report This Comment
Date: January 16, 2006 05:10PM

nope they don't work here &shit;
anyway nice pic (as always)
fossil_digger Report This Comment
Date: January 16, 2006 09:41PM

i knew you would know TT......:~}
Anonymous Report This Comment
Date: January 17, 2006 03:12AM

TommyT Report This Comment
Date: February 02, 2006 03:58PM

I tried to search again and again.
But finally, I couldn't discover.
I think your picture is only "Shopped =Byodoin= ".
I'm very sorry fossil!