Wednesday, October 18, 2006

A long building

Sanjusangendo Temple, Kyoto sightseeing
This is a long-long building in a temple. Its width is less than 20 meters and its length is 120 meters.

Why is it so long? Because people can watch many Buddhism images in line. This container has more than 1,000 identical images. It is countless! The number, 1,000, meant the infinite in those days.

By the way, I wonder if "mille" out of "millefeulle" means the infinite or countless.
Location by Google Map


At 10/18/2006 11:32 PM, Blogger Jing said...

like the perspective!
still that old temple?? the ancitent people were really wonderful!!

At 10/19/2006 12:06 AM, Blogger Zsolt72 said...

this place really looks mysterious.

At 10/19/2006 8:05 AM, Blogger Alex said...

Hello Macky,
Wow! This very long roof is really impressive!
Regarding the "millefeuille" pastry you got it. Originally, it was made of multiple/countless layers of puff pastry, or thousand sheets) :-)
Cheers from Boston!

At 10/19/2006 10:38 PM, Blogger macky said...

jing, zsolt72, alex
thanks for your comments and kindly explanation of millefeuille.

this temple is about more than 700 years old, and one of oldeset temples in Kyoto. I'm interested in the number, a thousand, in this temple. In those days a thousand means the infinite, or countless, as "millefeuille" in French. But now, in a modern age, the number, a thousand, is not so big number. As the society are developing, people are getting to regard "a thousand" as not so much big number.


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