Friday, February 23, 2007

Order, Horyuji Temple

Horyuji Temple, Nara
This photo is shot from just outside of an outer gate of Horyuji Temple, Nara. This temple is, first of all, famous for the oldest wooden structure in the world. Over the opening of the gate are seen a five-story pagoda and an inner gate side by side.

This old historic temple is in Nara, where is near Kyoto and the older capital city than Kyoto. Nara is the first capital in Japan and had been the capital from 600 to 800. The second is Kyoto, from 800 to 1600. Tokyo has been the third capital since 1600. (Kamakura, near Tokyo, had been also the capital from 1200 to 1300.)

By the way, this view, created by the pagoda and the outer and inner gate, is very compositional. These are set out in a well balanced. This temple has an order, unlike Kyoto.

This temple has many must-see's, from a lot of excellent images of Buddha to a series of architecture. The composition, I think, is one of best of all points of view in the temple. The temple is also a place for having made the first Constitution in Japan about 1,400 years ago. In those days, people needed the order, anyway, to make the country united and people's lives better.

This temple doesn't have any sensitivity and ambiguity, created by the nature and featured one of Kyoto's beauties.

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At 2/24/2007 5:58 AM, Blogger Oya said...

I wouldn't think a wood temple would last long. Quite intersting. The story too.

At 2/27/2007 7:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was most impressive to see this
temple in Nara.
It`s funny, but I remember clearly floors and that I was thinking, what they could tell us. From floors you can sense and see in tangible way ,what time and thousands steps have done.

At 3/01/2007 5:17 PM, Anonymous kris said...

a beauty , indeed!
nice angle


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