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Old December 8th, 2012, 11:31 AM   #1
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Old February 16th, 2013, 09:26 PM   #3
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The temple and the sky [Explore Front Page] by RobertCross1, on Flickr

A somewhat hidden treasure, this remarkable temple is tucked away at the base of the mountains on the windward side of the island of O`ahu, in the US state of Hawai`i. One of my very favorite spots on the entire island.

"The Byodo-In (平等院) Temple is a non-denominational Buddhist temple located on the island of O'ahu in Hawai'i at the Valley of the Temples. At 47-200 Kahekili Highway, the Byodo-In Temple is a replica of a 900-year-old Buddhist place of worship at Uji in Kyoto prefecture of Japan. Inside the Byodo-In Temple is a nine-foot (3 m) Lotus Buddha, a wooden Buddha. It is covered in gold and lacquer. Outside is a three-ton, brass peace bell. Surrounding the temple are large koi ponds that cover a total of two acres (8,000 m²). Around those ponds are lush Japanese gardens set against a backdrop of towering cliffs of the Ko'olau mountains. Sparrows are often seen fluttering about and playing in the garden trees while peacocks strut about displaying their beautiful feathers.

The Byodo-In Temple is visited and used by thousands of worshippers from around the world. It welcomes people of all faiths to participate in its traditions. Apart from worship, the temple grounds are also used for weddings and office meetings. Byodo-In Temple is a half-size-scale replica of the Byodo-in Temple, a United Nations World Heritage Site near the ancient city of Kyoto, originally a monastery founded by Fujiwara no Yorimichi in 1052 of the Heian period. It was famous for its Dainichi Nyorai statue. The statue was lost and replaced in 1053 with a large wooden statue of Amitabha (Amida Nyorai), a national treasure of the Empire carved by the Japanese artisan Jocho. Amida Buddha stands in the midst of the Phoenix Hall or Hoodo, an artistic reproduction of Amitabha Tathagata's Western Pure Land. It is called Phoenix Hall in reference to the two phoenixes stretching their wings upon the temple roof. Fifty-two wooden images of Bodhisattvas surround the Amida Buddha, dancing and playing musical instruments on floating clouds.

Since 2001, Byodo-In Temple has undergone restoration that will continue through 2007 in the spirit of preservation of Japan's ancient heritage. Byodo-In Temple was commissioned and built largely by concrete (the original is wooden without the use of nails) in 1968 at its present location in the Valley of the Temples to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the arrival of Japanese culture to Hawai'i. It was dedicated by Governor John A. Burns, a favorite of the Japanese community for his long service for the cause of Japanese rights during the state's territorial years. Japanese immigrants entered the Kingdom of Hawai'i and later Territory of Hawai'i to labor in the sugarcane and pineapple plantations. They joined the Chinese, Filipino, Korean, native Hawaiians and Portuguese." (Wikipedia)
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Japanese Temple at Dusk - EPCOT by jamesbrandon, on Flickr

This building is located at the Japan pavilion in EPCOT at Disney World. If anyone has ever been there, you can appreciate how much effort Disney put into these buildings. Every country at EPCOT is extravagant and accurate.
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Great job Yellow Fever, can't wait to see more pics.

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Kakegawa Castle's Palace and Keep by Rekishi no Tabi, on Flickr

Kakegawa Castle, strategically located along the old Tōkaidō Road in Shizuoka prefecture, is in the heart of one of Japan’s best tea cultivation centers. The peaceful atmosphere that prevails through the area wasn’t always so. Shizuoka prefecture used to be formally a part of Tōtōmi province, in a region known as the Enshū area, which was hotly contested by various warlords during Japan’s Sengoku warring states period that lasted from roughly 1477-1600. The first castle on the site of the present Kakegawa-jō was built in the late 15th century by Asahina Yasuhiro, a retainer of the house of Imagawa, which consolidated its hold over Tōtōmi during and after the Ōnin War (1467–1477). The Ashina continued to hold the castle on behalf of the Imagawa until shortly after their spectacular defeat at Okehazama in 1560. As the Imagawa faded into obscurity, Tōtōmi was carved into two spheres of influence controlled by the competing Tokugawa and Takeda families. The Ashina surrendered Kakegawa Castle to the Tokugawa in 1568.

After the Tokugawa switched fiefs and moved to the Kantō area in 1590, Kakegawa Castle was given by Toyotomi Hideyoshi to his retainer, Yamauchi Kazutoyo, who built up the castle and the town until he was given the domain of Tosa on the island of Shikoku following the battle of Sekigahara in 1600. Following the departure of the Yamauchi, various daimyo held the castle until it was given to the Ōta clan in 1746 who held it until the abolishment of the feudal system in 1872. The main keep that Yamanouchi Kazutoyo built was destroyed in an earthquake in 1604 and was rebuilt. However, another major quake rocked the region in 1854 and destroyed much of the castle, including the keep, which was not rebuilt. Following that quake, the daimyo at the time, Ōta Sukekatsu, rebuilt the wonderful ninomaru (second bailey) palace, which survives to this day. In 1994, using traditional methods and made of wood and stone (no concrete!).
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Orange and white temple by Michael Fay, on Flickr

One of the many colourful temples in the ancient city of Nara, Japan.
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Nikkō Tōshō-gū (日光東照宮) in Nikkō (日光市):

It's a Shinto Shrine which was built in the 17th century and dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu.

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Kami-jinko (Upper Sacred Store House):

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Shoro (Bell House):

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Kyozo (Holy Scripture Hall):

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/wallyg/5816369913/

Shinkyūsha (Sacred Stable):

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Goju-no-to (Five Storied Pagoda):

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/wallyg/5810082473/

Okusha Karamon:

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/wallyg/...7626894015392/
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Japanese arquitecture it's out of this world, I wonder what are the main differences between Japanese and Chinese arquitecture, and what is based on, how they come up with curves like that in the roof, the colors, interior design, do they have a meaning?
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Tokyo. The Zojo-Ji temple. A panorama of the main buildings. The original temple dating back to the 13th century was destroyed in the war. The buildings have been re-built to the same lay-out and style as before, but using modern building methods.
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