There is a large hole in one of the pillars at Todaiji which is large enough for children to crawl through. If you can go through it you will have good health, so it is said.

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Tour group on Mt. Hiei, note the woman out front with the flag.
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Tour groups as we have known them. This time at the famous ‘Golden Pavilion’, Ginkakuji , Kyoto.

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Largest Wooden building

Being inside this huge building in the presence of the huge Buddha and several other immense statues is something that cannot be described. As with several other temples we visited in Kyoto and Nara there is simply no explaining the profound effect of these ancient places.

This is said to be the largest wooden hall in the world and even so it is just one third of its original size. The other two thirds were on the width. It houses a huge statue of Virocana Buddha.

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Todaiji – Nara


This is a copy of a photograph showing a large ceremony in progress in the 1980’s. It give one an idea of the scale of this temple.

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Practice Within The Order of Buddhist Contemplatives