Yakushi-ji temple was started by Emperor Temmu to pray for the recovery of his ill consort. He died while it was in progress, and she, becoming Empress Jito, finished it.
A pagoda from 730 called “Frozen Music” for its rhythmic appearance. Construction is going to start this year and continue for ten, so I saw it just in time.
The Gakko Bosatsu statue:
I love how it was carved with its hips tilted and its robes melting off. If our icons were this sexy in Christianity, I don’t see as how we’d get any praying done.
I was wearing a skirt, and got positively eaten by bugs here. Cuteness and Touristing do not go hand in hand:
There was also a strange moment where I realized there was normal housing on the other side of the temple wall, and somebody was practicing the brass accompaniment for “Master of the House” from Les Miserables.