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Let’s visit Hasedera!

Hasedara is said to be built in 8th century, the early time of Nara era, but it is still unknown in detail.
We know that the temple has been very popular since a long time ago because we can see it in “Makura no soshi”, “Genji monogatari” and “Sarashina nikki”.

This is the entrance to Hasedera temple.
Let’s go further through a tunnel of pine trees.

We will see a historical building soon.
Is this the main building? No, no. This is just an entrance to the temple.

We will see a historical building soon.
Is this the main building? No, no. This is just an entrance to the temple.

We will see “Noboriro” up this corridor
399 stars will guide us to the main building.
By climbing them slowly step by step, we will be more thankful of them.

Although there were long stairs from the approach, we got to the main hall so soon because we were admiring the changing scenery surrounding us.

Admire the scenery from the main hall.

This is the main hall of Hasedera temple. It is a national treasure.
Its architecture is called “Kakezukuri” because it is built on a sloping land or a precipice.
It is also called “Butaizukuri” because its stage is sticking out.

Its view is excellent.
There are trees around the stage, whose leaves will be red and yellow in autumn.

The silhouette of “Binzuru sonja” in the main hall can be seen in the lens of a camera if you hold a camera at the side of the main hall.
Binzuru Sonja with a reddish face is part of a story in which Buddha scolded and made him leave the main temple because he drank the sake.

10 meters high! The Great Buddha at Hasedera temple!

This eleven-faced Kannon statue, enshrined God of Hasedera which is commonly known Kannon statue in Japan.
The height of it is surprisingly 10 meters!
Gaping at the incredible shape of Kannon can simply be expressed as awe-inspiring!
A style of holding shakujo (khakkhara) at its right and a lotus flower at its left hand is the feature of Kannon statue at Hasedera.
The shakujo is one of belongings of Jizo which is said to remove worldly desires and acquire wisdom.
It’s a super Kannon that makes use of the power of the Jizo as well.

Just like the name suggests, this Buddha has 10 faces on her head. She can look in every direction of the world, and help everyone she sees on her own. You can’t see it from the front, but she also has faces on the back of her head.

There is only one day in the year you can stand right in front of her feet. Normally you pay your respects from the main hall of the temple, which only shows the upper part of her body. Those who want to stand right next to her feet should pay attention to when the right day comes!

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