Friday, November 6, 2009

奈良 - Nara


I went to Nara today visiting Kofukuji temple for Asura statue, Nara National Museum for Shosoin treasures, and Toshodaiji temple for renovated main sanctuary. Perhaps because of the autumnal special exhibitions, we saw a long queue of people at each entrance even on a weekday noticeably with lots of aged visitors.
Toshodaiji spent 10 years and $50 million for repairing its main sanctuary, and it seemed the effort was primarily structural such as reinforcement against earthquakes and replacement of roof tiles. I saw in a TV program a few days ago a computer-simulated restoration of original sanctuary colors, and I really hope they put 1 or 2 million dollar budget yearly and just continue steadily such an essential restoration.

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