9. April 2009
This might be the day of traditional superlatives…
Visiting Nara we went out to see the Todai-Ji temple site.
On this site you’ll find the world’s largest wooden building, the Daibutsu-den (Daibutsu Hall).
In this building sits the world’s largest statue of the Buddha Vairocana. In Japan, this statue is known as “the” Daibutsu.
A Bodhisattva (Kokuuzo bosatsu, left) and the Daibutsu (right)
The whole temple site is inhabited by Sika deer. In Shinto religion these deers are the messengers of the gods.