Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Byōdō-in, Kyoto, Japan (02)

Its sad how lately i simply cant get the right time management, and by the time i become aware of it, another day goes by without making an update...I really suck....plus my own keyboard sucks...I spilt coffee over it...loads of coffee...I dont know how many times exactly i had spilt coffee over it, which eventually goes all over the PC-table, and the floor...and now my keyboard doesnt work properly, and when i type certain letters, two additional letters appear, and I have to say thats more than annoying...so I sneaked in the keyboard from the other PC while my parents are still asleep (its 4:30 am at the time of writing this)...so after finishing with my work overload, im here...I hope it wont take long till I get a new keyboard...or maybe my old one will fix by itself miracelously...I dont really have the time to take screws and cleaners and fix it myself...plus taking out each key, cleaning it, and putting it back, is hell of an annoyance....so, maybe ill have another keyboard sneak-in in the meantime :)
But now lets get down to the initial purpose of being here...
Im definitely starting to acquire a soft spot for these Japanese temples....not that they just look soo beautiful and elegant...but they are always surrounded with such an amazing and breathtaking nature...

this is the Byōdō-in a BuddhistTemple, in Uji in the Kyoto Prefecture. It is jointly a temple of the Jodo Shu (Pure Land) and Tendai sects.
It was originally built in 998 in the Heian Period as a rural villa of Fujiwara no Michinaga one of the most powerful members of the Fujiwara clan.
The most famous building in the temple is the Phoenix Hallor the Amida Hall constructed in 1053. The only remaining original building is the Phoenix Hall, surrounded by a scenic pond; additional buildings making up the compound were burnt down during a civil war in 1336.

Japan commemorates its longevity and cultural significance by displaying its image on the 10 yen coin and the 10,000 yen note features the phoenix image. In December 1994, UNESCO listed the building as a whs as part of the Historic Monuments of ancient Kyoto.
The Phoenix Hall, the great statue of Amida inside it, and several other items at Byōdō-in are national treasures.


Sabrina said...

Ana! your card came today!" thanks so much for it!!! I really like it. I will scan it later <3 just wanted to say thanks already!

Martinha said...

I've this card :P
Coffee over your keyboard... that must be something really annoying. Well, at least it was something that you love :D
I think, the only thing i've ever spilt over my keyboard was yogurt.
Anyway, i hope you get a new keyboard soon.