Wednesday, September 1, 2010

“It’s not a secret, why do you keep it?”

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.

If you visit here, hang around until the priest gives his lecture, which is more entertaining than the usual.

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.

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