Saturday, June 9, 2012

Arigato, Japonia! 21. Kodai-ji / Arigato, Japan! 21. Kodai-ji

We are still in Higashiyama district, which covers the whole part of Kyoto, which harbours a lot of temples. Here I will present you one of the temples I liked a lot, Kodai-ji. Nene, with her whole name Kita-no-Mandokoro, erected this temple in 1605, after her husband's death. The shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu financed the construction.

After the entrance, I passed near a little tea house, broght here from elsewhere, and I saw Garyoro, the Reclining Dragon Corridor. Passing through a covered corridor, which enabled me to see the fine art on the sliding doors, I remain to admire a little dry garden, where stone dragons slept, under the pale pink flowers of a weeping cherry tree. There were not so many people, and they kept silence, so it was very nice to stay there for a while.

Then, I climbed the hill to see the other tea houses. On the way, other halls offered me the painted details of the pillars. Coming down, along a little bamboo grove, I got a glimpse of the huge Buddha statue at the entrance of Ryozen Cannon temple, which I have not visited.


This was a rewarding visit, which I enjoyed very much.
 
Ne aflam tot in cartierul Higashiyama, care acopera tot estul orasului Kyoto. In aceasta postare va voi arata cateva imagini dintr-un templu care mi-a placut mult, Kodai-ji.

Nene, despre care am amintit in postarea anterioara, cu numele sau complet de Kita-no-Mandokoro, a ridicat acest templu in 1605, in amintirea sotului sau Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Shogunul Tokugawa Ieyasu a fost cel care a oferit finantarea. Dupa 1789, numeroase incendii au afectat templul. Cladirile care au rezistat, au devenit toate "importante proprietati culturale".

Inainte de intrarea in templu, ma opresc la un altarpentru a invarti rotile Mani si a pune mana, conform credintei autohtone pe cateva simboluri. Primele sunt statuile lui Nene si Hideyoshi, care trebuie atinse pentru a avea o casnicie fericita. Urmeaza apoi Boul Temmangu, emisarul unei zeitati Shinto. Se spune ca daca ai o boala, trebuie sa atingi cu mana ta dreapat sau cu amblele acea parte a animalului care corespunde partii tale afectate. Atunci, el va lua asupra sa boala ta. Ma rog, binefacerile autosugestiei sunt bine cunoscute…
 Nene si Hideyoshi
 Boul Temmangu
Imediat dupa ce am trecut de intrare, mi-a iesit in cale o mica ceainarie - cum aveam sa mai vad mai incolo, mutata aici din alta parte.
 intrarea in templu
 casa traditionala
 elemente tipice gradinii japoneze
Apoi, am dat cu ochii de Garyoro, Coridorul Dragonului Culcat, care leaga doua constructii ale templului.
Fiecare pas pe care il faci de-a lungul sau iti ofera o alta perspectiva.
 Garyoro
Trecand printr-un coridor acoperit, de unde am putut admira desenele fine de pe paravanele despartitoare, am ajuns intr-o gradina de piatra, strabatuta de spinarile unor dragoni. Punctul sau central era acum un frumos cires plangator, cu flori de un roz pal, delicat.
Trec prin alte sali, admir - atat cat se mai distinge - elementele decorative ale stalpilor de lemn.
Intre timp, am urcat pe nesimtite dealul, intre pini si azalee inflorite si am ajuns pe un mic platou, unde mai vad alte doua ceainarii. Gradina pe care am strabatut-o a fost reproiectata de catre un faimos gradinar, Kobori Enshu (1579-1647) si era considerata una din cele mai frumoase in perioada respectiva. Pentru ca totul sa fie perfect, cobor dealul pe langa o padurice de bambus, care ma lasa sa intrevad in apropiere statuia mare a lui Budha, aflata la intrarea in templul Ryozen Cannon, pe care nu l-am vizitat.
 alta ceainarie
 padurice de bambus
 statuia de la Ryozen Cannon

28 comments:

Joop Zand said...

Thanks for these wonderful pictures.

Have a nice sunday.

Greetings, Joop

Traveling Hawk said...

You too, Joop! Thanks for the visit.

Randy said...

Love the garden and the bamboo.

Traveling Hawk said...

The image of the bamboo grove is very refreshing, Randy.

Nefertiti said...

magnifique !

Traveling Hawk said...

Merci, Nefertiti! Bienvenue ici:)

VP said...

One more wonderful set of pictures...

DANI said...

Ai fost in atit de muulte locuri si ma intreb, daca eu puteam asimila toata informatia asta. Ai muncit nu gluma, ca sa planifici calatoria in Orientul indepartat ...
Minunate paravanele, nu-i ceva ce poti vedea in afara Japoniei :)

Traveling Hawk said...

Thank you, VP!

Traveling Hawk said...

Vei mai vedea paravane, Dani si la alte temple.

M-am documentat timp de cateva luni bune pentru a putea planifica totul "zeiss'. Stiu ca multora nu place acest gen de excursie dar fara o astfel de rigurozitate nu poti vedea prea mult in timp atat de scurt, iar banii pe care ii dai nu sunt putini. In plus, eu stiu sigur ca nu mai merg si a doua oara acolo (din motive independente de mine), asa ca incerc sa fac cat mai mult.

Rizalenio said...

Those scultures are cute and fun...and the artworks, WOW!

I love looking at those tall bamboo trees too. Very relaxing.

Traveling Hawk said...

Thanks for following my Japanese series, Rizalenio!

Apollo said...

Japonia e fascinanta. Ramasesem in urma, dar am citit toata seria zilele astea :-)

Helma said...

I can well imagine that you have enjoyed your visit to Kyoto. Indeed I see tea gardens, beautiful decorations and drawings many beautiful details. I do not know what it is in picture 23 and 24, I think sand. It looks very nice. Beautiful photo series Traveling Hawk.

Greetings, Helma

Traveling Hawk said...

Multumesc, Apollo!

Traveling Hawk said...

It's fine gravel there, Helma.

Doug Hickok said...

I can see why your visit was so rewarding... it is such a fascinating and beautiful place TH. Sorry to be out of touch for so long... Becky and I just returned from a 3 and a half week road trip to western parts of the US. I will be sharing some pictures soon. Thank you for visiting my blog in our absence. It is very much appreciated :^)

cartim said...

Foarte frumoase imagin, presupun ca realitatea e cu mult mai spectaculoasa.

Un prieten al meu vrea sa mearga in Japonia si i-am dat adresa ta de blog...probabil iti va frunzari blogul sa vada poze si informatii.

Traveling Hawk said...

Welcome, Doug!

Oh, what a trip, Doug! I've seen a small part of NM and CA, in fact, Albuquerque, Santa Fe and San Francisco.

Traveling Hawk said...

Multumesc, cartim! Japonia a fost asa cum ma asteptam:) Daca prietenul tau are vreo intrebare, ma poate contacta pe e-mail.

Cristina DUMITRU said...

Prind si eu din urma postarile tale despre Japonia. Totul este absolut fascinant, iar din fotografiile tale peisajele par ca intrec imaginatia. Te felicit pentru minunata calatorie!

Traveling Hawk said...

Multumesc, Cristina! Ma bucur ca iti place "serialul" asta. Mai este mult de povestit si aratat, cred ca ma prinde toamna:)

Francisca said...

Another wonderful series, TH. Those sand gardens are amazing.

Traveling Hawk said...

Kodai-ji impressed me very much.

J_on_tour@jayzspaze said...

Impressive location & nice images. A great place to be for atmosphere no doubt and the camera.

Traveling Hawk said...

It was one of the places I appreciated very much in Kyoto.

Liliana said...

Ai ce faini îs şi bambuşii ... mi-ai amintit de brazilia :)

Traveling Hawk said...

Nu am asociat niciodata bambusii cu Brazilia, Liliana:)