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Is amazing different world feeling of the “Honpukuji-temple” of Tadao Ando building under Hasu-pond.

Tadao Ando to leave a number of concrete architecture in harmony with nature, temple worked in Awaji Island “Honpukuji-temple”. Likely it is here which is located in the northeastern part of Awaji Island, Yakushinyoraizo of Buddha in the temple of the Shingon esoteric Buddhism has been in the important cultural assets of Awaji. The main hall is called the “Mizumido”, are designed to fill in the ground, worshipers headed to the main hall to dive in pond from the ground. It can enjoy a strange feeling as if set foot to a different world.

Hasuike meets it

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In the slightly elevated mountain overlooking Osaka Bay “Honpukuji-temple”. Appear and walk towards the main shrine of the path that has been surrounded by a forest, a concrete wall that is dividing the Holy community and worldly. Proceeding along the wall, visibility is bright suddenly, me welcomed Hasu pond.

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Lotus from that bloom grow beautiful flowers in the muddy water, which is the Buddha of wisdom and compassion of the symbol, often also be engraved on the pedestal of the Buddha image. But this pond mud pond, beautiful lotus flowers bloomed in the center.

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Down the stairs, such as dividing the pond to the basement of the main hall

Has been arranged the stairs in the middle of the pond, the main hall is under that. And Paka’, and look up a unique entrance, such as dividing the pond to the left and right from the bottom, spread the sky, such as the painting that has been paid to the forehead. It seems to many people to watch the flow of often cloud to stop the foot.

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From the bright world, each time to go down one step one step staircase of about approximately 10m, around also will become dark, when I arrived at the main hall, dark adaptation can not keep up, wrapped in deep darkness. Because of the main hall in the shooting ban, but photographs do not, if we proceed along the light of the hazy feet, appear Yakushinyoraizo.Behind the statue, there is a large lattice windows for lighting, Yakushinyoraizo worship in the backlight in the dark, just like holy bright is pointing. By all means the production of fantastic light, visited by the confirmation.

Three and a half hours about using a high-speed road from the city of Kyoto. Because there are some even Tadao Ando building to the other is to Awaji Island, using the weekend, try to enjoy the island hopping.

Honpukuji temple – Mizumido
residence: Hyogo Prefecture Awaji City Pu 1310
see science possible time: 9: 00-17: 00
See learning materials: Adults 400 yen, 200 yen villain
※ This hall wa summarized Movies ban

“Text: Taico, Photo: Naoyuki Nakagawa”



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