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Old May 16th, 2013, 06:55 AM   #41
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Old May 16th, 2013, 06:56 AM   #42
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This hall is without a doubt one of the highlights of my trip. Unfortunately photography was not allowed. This places dates to 1266 in our calendar. Inside the 120 m long hall is 1001 life size golden Kanon statues. They all stand silently in the dark with a cool almost eerie glow about them. Well worth the visit.
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Todaiji ("Great Eastern Temple") is one of Japan's most famous and historically significant temples and a landmark of Nara.

Todaiji was constructed in 752 as the head temple of all provincial Buddhist temples of Japan and grew so powerful that the capital was moved from Nara to Nagaoka in 784 in order to lower its influence on government affairs.

Not only is Todaiji housing Japan's largest Buddha statue (Daibutsu), but it is also the world's largest wooden building, even though the present reconstruction of 1692 is only two thirds of the original temple's size.

Todaiji ("Great Eastern Temple") is one of Japan's most famous and historically significant temples and a landmark of Nara.

Todaiji was constructed in 752 as the head temple of all provincial Buddhist temples of Japan and grew so powerful that the capital was moved from Nara to Nagaoka in 784 in order to lower its influence on government affairs.

Not only is Todaiji housing Japan's largest Buddha statue (Daibutsu), but it is also the world's largest wooden building, even though the present reconstruction of 1692 is only two thirds of the original temple's size.
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Old June 7th, 2013, 03:36 AM   #44
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Taken from atop Inuyama Castle.

In 1537, Oda Nobuyasu, Nobunaga’s uncle, built Inuyama Castle, which now has the honor of being Japan’s oldest surviving original castle. And what a history this castle has! In 1584 it served as the headquarters for Toyotomi Hideyoshi during the Komaki campaign against Tokugawa Ieyasu and eventually was given, along with the surrounding area in fief to the Naruse Masanori in 1617, whose family held it until the clan and fief system was abolished by the Meiji government in 1871. At this time, many of the castle’s walls and turrets were ordered destroyed leaving only a stone wall and the castle’s keep intact. In 1891, the area was struck by a very powerful earthquake which destroyed the remaining turrets and other structures. In a very rare move, in fact it is the only time this has happened that I am aware of, the Meiji government returned the castle to its former lord, the 9th Naruse daimyo, Masamitsu, under the condition that the family restore the castle. And thus the oldest castle in Japan became the only privately owned castle until 2004, when the family turned it over to the Aichi prefectural government. Upkeep and property taxes must have been a terrible drain on the Naruse family.
In 1935 Inuyama Castle was designated as a National Treasure and it really is something special. It’s one of my favorite castles. I’m particularly fond of the attached turret called a tsuke yagura .
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Old June 12th, 2013, 11:00 AM   #45
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Old June 16th, 2013, 04:21 AM   #46
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is it true that japan copied chinese architeture?
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I'd say Japanese traditional architectures is heavily influenced by China, but if you observe carefully, you can still see the difference between the two.
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Old June 16th, 2013, 04:59 AM   #49
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No Modern Architecture? I think modern Japanese cities have some of the most unique looks. The pastel blues and grays make Japanese cities easily recognisable.
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Japanese Architecture

Hey!
I recently came across a great websites called webflakes, www.webflakes.com. They have a section dedicated to architecture and many of the contributing writers are Japanese experts. A friendly suggestion to take a look: http://bit.ly/12A87qq

Enjoy!
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is it true that japan copied chinese architeture?
A lot of the architecture is based on Tang Dynasty architecture...but since then it slowly has diverged...meaning the older the building is the more "tang" (note* not "chinese" per se since there's been many dynasties and architectural styles in China since the Tang) it is but the newer it is the more it diverges until you get buildings like the samurai castles and the such. This mostly applies to royal residences and buddhist temples but shinto related architecture is generally more "native".
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there's a lot of Chinese influence in Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, and Laotian architecture as well. Chinese Empire was established millennia ago, and many Asian countries has had diplomatic relations with China for centuries.
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I honestly cannot tell the different between the chinese, korean and vietnamese traditional architectures.
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Are there any urban old towns in Japan?
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