Once an imperial palace (Himuro Gosho) became the head provincial nunnery. Hokke-ji was established as a convent in 747 by ... More
Once an imperial palace (Himuro Gosho) became the head provincial nunnery. Hokke-ji was established as a convent in 747 by Empress Komyo, who was the wife of Emperor Shomu. She had inherited the place from Fubito Fujiwara, her father. It is known both for its elegant garden and its national treasure, a 9th century Buddhist art masterpiece of an 11-headed Kannon, which is only on view three times per year.
Kinkaku ji is probably Kyoto's most famous and certainly most photographed temple garden. The three story Chinese Zen influenced Golden
Pavilion has delicately curving roofs and the walls and eaves of the second and third stories are covered with ...
The legacy of the Great Buddha and the Todai ji itself are reflections of Japan's admiration of the T'ang dynasty.
During the Nara era, the state used Buddhism to make a power statement. The Great Buddha Hall (Daibutsu den) ...
Byodoin, the temple pictured on the back of the JPY10 coin, is one of the few remaining edifices dating back
to the eleventh century Heian period. It was built to resemble a phoenix and a bronze pair of the ...