Tuesday, April 28, 2009
The alter in front of the Buddha statue
The Buddha statue. This is the Vairocana Buddha ("Buddha that shines throughout the world like the sun.") Each curl on his head is the size of a human head. Made from cast bronze, which was then plated with gold. Originally built in 752.
Description of the lotus petals
The Lotus Petals (read description above)
Todaiji Temple--original building built between 710 and 794 A.D. This is the third one which was built during the Edo period
One of the few cherry trees still in blossom
The crowds of school children and tours entering the temple
Jim standing in front of a beautifully-engraved lantern in front of the temple
We rode this Shinkansen train to Kyoto. Took us about 2 hours to get there.
The tour took us to Nara first where we went through big gates on the way to the Todaiji Temple
The Temple is also a Deer Park where the deer are considered sacred and are not allowed to be killed.
This is a second gate on the way to the Temple
Sister Jones and Sister Nonaka decorated Pat's desk--
There were balloons and stars and streamers everywhere!!
Brother Yahagi in the ward does wonderful balloon animals in addition to his magic act.
Elmo is holding a beautiful flower!!
Pat was so amazed to see her desk all decorated up
Pat showing her birthday cards and Japanese cakes from Sister Onishi
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Our first view through the crowd at the boats on the river under the Sakura trees
Aren't these cherry blossoms gorgeous?!!
The crowds were so thick you could hardly move down the sidewalk.
The sunlight really showed off the beauty of the blossoms.
Notice the rock wall of the moat which used to surround the Imperial Palace grounds. Now it's only partially there.
What glorious color!!
A popular photo spot--notice all the cameras and cell phones held up high to get the best picture.
The trees and blossoms were so beautiful!!
These white pigeons are on top of their roost. This is the only place in Tokyo where they can be found.
Elder and Sister Kodama and Sister Hartzell at the Park
These guarding dragons always show one with the mouth open
and one with the mouth closed