World Heritage in Japan Screening Series II
July 31, 2017 6:30 pm
Yakushi-ji Temple was first built in the year 680 by the Emperor Tenmu, who was praying for a cure for the illness of his Empress Uno-no-Sararahime-Miko (later the Empress Jitō). The temple was originally located in Fujiwara-kyō (the capital city from 694 to 710). In 718, it was moved to its present location in the capital at Nara. Due to numerous fires, including the flames of war, the only building that remains of the temple of that period is the Tō-tō (the eastern pagoda, one of two pagodas situated on the east and west). This pagoda is designated as a National Treasure. The Kon-dō (the hall for the main deity) was restored in 1976. The Sai-tō (the western pagoda) was restored in 1981, with the Chū-mon (the gate situated between Nandai-mon and the main buildings) being restored in 1984, and a portion of the corridor being restored in 1991. All restoration was conducted as a reflection of the aesthetic principles of Tō-tō (the eastern pagoda) which is characterized by mokoshi, the small roof-like eaves between stories. This style is called hakuhō, and in the field of sculptures Yakushi-ji Temple enshrines the finest extant examples of hakuhō art, such as the Yakushi-Triad: Yakushi Nyorai (Bhaisajya Buddha = The Medicine Buddha) attended by two Bodhisattvas (Solar and Lunar), the relief of the Flute-playing Angel on the eastern pagoda, and the standing statues of Shō Kannon Bosatsu (Avalokiteśvara).
H.E. Kenjiro Monji, Ambassador of Japan to Canada
Former Permanent Delegate of Japan to UNESCO, Paris, 2013-2015
August 3, 2017 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
World Heritage in Japan Screening Series III
August 10, 2017 6:30 pm
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World Heritage in Japan Screening Series I
JULY 7, 2017 6:30 pm
KONJIKIDŌ GOLDEN HALL OF CHŪSON-JI TEMPLE
Narrated in English, 49 minutes
Konjikidō Golden Hall, the national treasure building, epitomizes Chūson-ji temple and Ōshu Fujiwara culture. In 2011, Hiraizumi’s Cultural Heritage, which includes Chūson-ji, was registered as a World Heritage Site.
The program explores the exterior and interior of Konjikidō Golden Hall, as well as the rise and fall of the Ōshu Fujiwara culture.