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Todaiji Statues – Nara

Posted in Places by tokyobling on May 19, 2014

One of the greatest tourist attractions in Japan is the Nara Daibutsu, a huge buddha statue housed in the famous temple of Todaiji in Nara City, Nara Prefecture. Apart from the big statue itself there are plenty of smaller statues scattered around the main hall of the temple. The atmosphere is fantastic, air thick with incense smoke, prayers bells and the sunlight filtering in through the high windows. Well, at least if you go off season and on a weekday. Weekends and high season tends to get quite crowded especially recently with the absolute boom in overseas tourism.

There is statuary of all kinds of materials, millennium old wood carvings, bronzes and clay to name a few materials. If you have the opportunity to visit, spare a few minutes for the “other” art treasures of the Todaiji!

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  1. D... said, on May 20, 2014 at 12:37 am

    I love hands, they are one of my favorite things to sketch. They speak with such meaning and honesty, don’t you think? The first pose took me back to my childhood and dance class. Every part if you has to move with purpose, and the hands are the last delicate touch. All such wonderful photos.

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    • tokyobling said, on June 5, 2014 at 2:45 am

      Yes! Also, for me they are the most difficult part to get right in art, sculpture or even photography…!

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  2. Mikku said, on May 20, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Yes, those hands are great, as is Nara as a whole. Nearby Kyoto gets all the plaudits (and rightly so) but Nara has a different feeling, especially during early morning or late evening when it’s free from daytrippers.

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