Yado Hanaya Tokubei
Travel Blogs from Tenkawa-mura
... community here in 816. He is one of Japan's most famous religious figures and is revered as a Bodhisattva, calligrapher, scholar and inventor of the Japanese kana syllabary (kanji). Followers believe that Kobo Daishi is not dead, but rather that he is meditating in his tomb in Koyasan's Oku-no-in cemetery, awaiting the arrival of the future Buddha. Koyasan is still a center of Buddhist study and practice today.
The bus ride through the small village to the ancient ...
... the country.
Unfortunately it was rather late by this stage so we didn’t really see
much going on. Amy also realised that
she had left her camera in the restaurant, so after a quick look around the
little lanes of teashops along the river, we headed back to the station. Luckily the staff at the restaurant
recognised Amy as soon as she went in and quickly returned her camera – crisis
... of Nara is Todaiji temple, home of the great Buddha statue, a truly enormous statue of Buddha, housed in a hall at the back of the temple (and believe me, it was huugggeeee, I don't think my photos can adequately convey the size of it).
A short walk to the north of the Great Buddha, I took an opportunity to visit ****tsu 二月 Hall (Febuary Hall) which was recommended to me by the lady in the tourist information office, as it has some great views ...
... deer. In pre-Buddhist times they were considered messengers of the gods and today roam the park freely. It's star attraction though is the famous Daibutsu (Great Buddha) which is one of the largest bronze figures in the world and was originally cast in 746. It stands just over 16m high and consist of 437 tonnes of bronze and 130kg of gold - we almost felt instantly enlightened at this sight ;-).
We also ...
... my shoes and put on the socks. It wasn't THAT awkward, but the Japanese ladies were just slipping their shoes right off and walking on in. The shoes I was wearing weren't meant to be worn with socks because it would look sort of strange. Well, I saw other shoes like mine (although much smaller of course) in the shoe cubbies... so what did these women do other than throw on some socks??? They wore peds. You know, those little socks that you can wear that ...