The Tokondo hall of Kofukuji temple (2)
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The tourist spot that I will introduce today is Tokondo hall of Kofukuji temple in Nara.

[ Other images of Tokondo hall of Kofukuji ]
Yesterday I wrote about the Yakushi Sanzon-zo, which is enshrined in Tokondo hall of Kofukuji temple.
However, because my time to go out was getting close, I could not write much about other things.
Today I will write about those things.
The seated image of Monju Bosatsu on the right side of Nikko Bosatsu image is made of wood and is made in the Kamakura period.
Since the date of production is not clear except the Yakushi Sanzon-zo, I will display the production time with the period name.
The Heian period is from about 710 AD to about 1190.
The Kamakura period is from around 1190 to around 1330.
The height of the image of Monju Bosatsu is 94 cm.
The seated image of Yuima-koji on the left side of Gekko Bosatsu image is made of wood and is made in the Kamakura period.
The height of the image is 88 cm.
It is said that Yuima-koji is a disciple of Buddha's Buddha.
The Shitenno images are enshrined two in front and behind, both the left end and the right end.
On the right side, the image of Jikokuten is enshrined in the foreground and the image of Tamonten is enshrined in the back.
On the left side, the image of Zochoten is enshrined in the foreground and the image of Komokuten is enshrined in the back.
All four images are made of wood and is made in the Heian period.
The height of the statue is 153 - 164 cm.
There are 12 smaller images than the others, it is called Juni-shinsho.
The names of each image are Bikara,Shodora, Shidara, Magora, Haira, Indara, Santeira, Anira, Anteira, Mekira, Basara and Kubira.
These are all wooden and the height is 113 ~ 126 cm.
[ Monument of Hananomatsu in front of Tokondo hall ]
There is a stone monument in front of Tokondo hall.

A stone monument in front of Tokondo hall

On the stone monument is written "Monument of Hananomatsu".
Actually, there was a pine tree in front of the Tokondo hall.
It was called Hananomatsu.
It is said that the pine trees were planted by Kobo Daishi.
Kobo Daishi is the posthumous name of the priest called Kukai about 1,200 years ago.
Kukai is the one who opened a new sect of Buddhism called Shingon sect.
For this reason, he has a name that respects Kobo Daishi.
The pine grew big, but it withered in 1937.
In 1940, successor pine was planted.
But that pine withered in 2008.
Thereafter, pines have not been planted there.
[ Chukondo hall of Kofuku-ji temple ]
The Chukondo hall is rebuilting in the west side of Tokondo hall.
It is scheduled to be completed this autumn.

Tokondo and Chukondo hall which is rebuilting

[ Opening times and location ]
Adults and University Students \ 300 (\ 250)
Junior High and High School Students \ 200 (\ 150)
Primary School Students \ 100 (\ 90)
*Prices in ( ) are for groups of 30 or more.
Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Parking is available.

[ Approximate Latitude and Longitude of tourist spots etc. ]
In Google Maps, you can find the location of tourist spots with latitude and longitude.
The following latitudes and longitudes are not officially announced, they are what I found out.
So they may be wrong.
(1)To-kondo hall of Kofuku-ji temple: N34.68288 E135.83223


(June 7, 2018)

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