Saturday, August 15, 2009


The day we visited Nara, Japan many school age children were there also. I remembered my own school trips to historical sites in American and realized the Buddhist temples at Nara were centuries older than anything we visited on our school outings.

School children walking past Goju-no-to (Five Story Pagoda) at the Kofuku-ji (Temple) in Nara. The Pagoda was being repaired the day we were there so we didn't get to go inside. Originally built in 725 the temple was last rebuilt in 1425 - a good three hundred years before we became a country. Perhaps my personal title for this week's Photo Friday should be: Young & Very Very Old.

This group of children came with clipboards and worksheets with questions to answer about the Todai-ji (Temple). The figure with the red hat and cape is the Arhat Binzuru. This wooden figure dates from the 18th century.


YTSL said...

Hi sbk --

My memories of the Toda-ji include getting stuck in that hole that people attempt to go through in order to get blessings... that and the aggressive Nara deer made my Nara visit seem more idyllic than one might expect a visit to a temple to be! ;D

sbk said...

Hi ytsl,

Didn't attempt the hole but the Nara deer were a favorite of Morgan's. She bought the 'deer food' and loved having them rush around her. One stepped on her foot and I insisted she let me take a photo. She complained how heavy the deer's foot was.....