◆Todaiji Guide Nara sghtseeing spot◆
by Yamabe Hotel
What is Todaiji
Todaiji temple was built about 1300years ago.The emperor Shomu and his wife was built the temple for their lost son.Later "Kokubunji" temple was built in every prefecture and Todaiji temple was the headquarter of the Kokubunnji temple in Japan.The Great Statue of Budha (Daibutsu) was started to built from 747.To build the Great Statue of Budha (Daibutsu) many citizen's supports are needed.Then The emperor Shomu asked suppot for the fasmous Budhist priest "Gyoki". it cpmpleted 752.Todaiji was almost destroyed 2times In Sengoku Era.But every time the budhism priest "Chogen" and "Kokei" conduct the rebuilt.
Today's Todaiji was rebuilt 1709.Budhism has many brances.Almost temples in Japan study only one brances.But Todaiji temple studies many brances.then called "Rokushu Kengaku" meaning is (Study 6 brancehs of Budhizm).Althogh the several damages,Todaiji has warehouse "shosoin".In Shosoin many treasure were safekeeped.They are infueced "Silk road culture".You can see some of the treasure in Nara National Museum.
Tourist Spots and Photo of Todaiji
Nandaimon Gate is the main entrance of Todaiji temple.There are many sounenir shops in front of the Nandaimon Gate.Both side of the Gate, there are woonden sculpture of Nio (Kongo Rikisi).
Japanese Government invite the chinese famous priest Ganjin.Later Toshodaiji was built for Ganjin.Until the Toshodaiji was built Ganjin teach the budhism in Kaidanin.
Nio Wooden statues (Kongo Rikisi)
Nio Wooden statues are usually locate in the entrance gate in many temples. But the most famous Nio Statues are that of Todaiji Temple as it was made by the famous sculptor Unkei and Kaikei. Nio Statues stand the gate to protect from the evil.The statue openning mouth called "Agyo" represents the oepninng the universe.The statue closing mouth called "Ugyo" represents the end of the universe.
The Great Statue of Budha
The height of The Great Statue is 14.7m.It is mabe of cupper and hallow structure.The budha is sitting on the lotus flowers .By several wars and fire The Great Statue of Budha was damaged.But the Lotus fowers parts is remained .On the surface of the Lotus flowers There are picture representing the Budhism world.
The House of The Great Statue of Budha
It is one of the biggest wooden buildinng in Japan.The width of this building was about 1.5times that of now.there are some staues of bushism.
Nigatudo locates on the middle of the mountain.You can see the beautiful view from the building. In March,"Omizutori" Festival is feld.At night the priest with the big torch light go around the stage of Nigatudo.
The Statue of Binzuru Sonja
You can see the statue ausside the house of the Great Statue of Budha.Most of the Statue of staue is forbid to be touch.But you can touch the The Statue of Binzuru Sonja. Binzuru Sonja was the pupil of the Budha.He has supernatural power.If you have the sick part of your body and touch the same part of the Statue.it is said that your sick part of the body wil be getting better.
The Statue of Kokuzo Bosatsu
You can see the right front side of The great statue of Budha.Bosatsu is the person trainninng to get the Realization of Budhism.Kokuzo Bosatsu has vast knowledge and conpassion.