March 12, 2011

Reflections・・・ Huge Roof in Tiny Puddle

(This time, I wondered to post or not. While time goes by, the situations seem to go worse. Fortunately Nara where I live is far from epicenter.  But , I thought also if Ididn't post, someone might think I were in terrible trouble. So I decided to keep doing  things as usual . We are Ok. Thank you for your concern.)

Can you guess what a pair of golden ornaments??

In the early sunset, everything is bathed in golden tint!
The pair of golden ornaments are called "Shibi" which are placed on the roof ridge of  Great Buddha Hall of Todai-ji Temple in Nara and serve as charms against fire.  It is said they are in the shape of imaginary fishtails or birdtails.  I think they must be the fishtails. I'll tell you why. The fishtails are on the roof , so where the bodies of fish are?  Yes, the bodies are under the roof, it means Great Buddha Hall is under water as fish live in water.  How securely the hall is protected against fire!

Even though  the original Great Buddha Hall was 1.5 times bigger,  still the present one  is the largest wooden building in the world. When I found this reflection, I smiled "What a lovely reflection it is!.  "Shibi"s  and the huge roof are in such a tiny puddle!" Oh, now I am a puddle sucker.
The puddle is on this stone.

On a snowy day or rainy day, the subtle reflection of "Shibi"s appear on the  approach
to Great Buddha Hall  like mirage. 
Which reflection do you like the best?

For your reference:
 The Great Buddha Hall was burnt down  and rebuilt twice.
The original hall was built in the  8th century.
The second one was rebuilt in the 12th  century.
The present one was rebuilt in 1709 and is designated as a World Heritage Site. 
The hall is 57 meters wide, 50 meters deep and 49 metre's tall.
Since 1709 "Shibi"s have perfectly protected the hall without fail!!

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  1. All of your captures/reflections are awesome! I do love the third one down! It looks like a painting! Superb! Hope you and your family have been spared any problems from the earthquake and tsunami and that you are all safe.


  2. Lovely photos - I adore those two little children holding hands in the last one. And yes, such terrible news from your country - glad you are OK. My thoughts are with all those who have suffered.

  3. Great and brave of you to share these reflections! The Great Buddha Hall was burnt down twice and was rebuilt, it shows that Japan has the courage to get up again and don't want to be defeated by the tsunami and earthquakes.

  4. I was quite shocked when I learn about the earthquick in Japan, and I immediatly thought of you... I know you not that much, but I was sad at the idea that something wrong could happen to you : I love your blog, I like your picture and all you learn me about your beautiful country... Then I saw that Nara wasn't near from the epicenter, and it has been quite a relief...

    I'm so glad to see this post today on your blog ; I feel so much better now that I can see that your okay.

    I feel terrible, because I don't know how to express what I feel concerning this earthquick... I hope that everyone you know is okay : it must be difficult to get information on people you care about right now...

    But that doesn't change the fact that your picture are beautiful, as always, and I do love the ambiant you are able to restitute about your country...

    To answer to your question, my favourite is the third one : I juste love the large view on that temple, and the reflection on the water is really awesome...

    I hope you will have a good weekend despite everything...

    Loves from France.

  5. The scale of Todai-ji Temple is grand.
    I feel the power of the human being will.

    The charm of the capital Nara does not run out.

    Good weekend
    Saga Japan, ruma

  6. Thanks so much for this post!
    I'm sending love and lights for Japan!
    Léia - Bonjour Luxembourg

  7. Here's hoping that the earthquakes would stop. I think you're quite far from Sendai and Akita...still I hope you are ok.


  8. your pictures are so serene and peaceful!After what we saw on tv today, I 'd like to send you all my thoughts for you and your family.May peace come back soon on japan!

  9. I understand what you mean about not knowing whether to post given the situation there. I'm glad you decided to come on line and let people know you are okay. Of course, our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with you and your countrymen as you deal with the aftermath of things.

    The photo reflection I like best is the one with the pagoda bathed in early sunset light. But all of your photos are simply beautiful. You do have a gift for showing the beauty of Japan.

  10. beautiful reflections
    such still water
    in direct conflict with how chaotic things are for Japan
    I am glad you are safe and I send good thoughts to your country

  11. I'm glad you did decide to post. It gives a sort of balance to the horrible scenes just seen on TV. Sometimes perhaps the best we can do is to keep up "normality" if we are able to... Your blog is beautiful and you have the gift of sharing the traditions of your country in an interesting way.

  12. Simply beautiful!
    Hope you and yours are safe and sound. I feel so much about your country.
    Sending my best wishes!

  13. Beautiful photos of an amazing place! I'm happy to hear that you are safe...

  14. I'm glad you posted. I've been thinking of my Japanese friends and actually checked whether Nara had any damage. I like how you found the the reflection in the puddle - a small image that contains the spirit of the whole. The temple and it's reflecting pool are ethereally lovely.

  15. As there can't be ever a 'dark yellow' these shine through and make bright day and night.

    Thoughts and prayers for you all.

    daily athens

  16. Hi Snowwhite,
    My thoughts & prayers are w/ your country as it is experiencing such devastation. I'm glad you posted and are doing well.
    The second photo/reflection is my favorite. I am guessing the Shibi's weren't present on the first 2 Great Buddha Halls? Glad to know this site is protected. I won't likely have the chance to visit, but it is good to know that it is there.

  17. I'm very glad to learn that you are OK. All day long the major news story has been the earthquake. I'm so sorry that much damage has occurred in the northern part of Japan. Very sad.

    Meanwhile, you photos with reflections are beautiful!

  18. What a great post. I love your reasoning on why they shiba are fish tails. I had to do a double take on the photo when you said that it is the largest wood structure in the world. I've seen some big wood buildings but I do believe this building is much bigger.

  19. You were on my mind last night (our time) when I heard about this terrifying disaster. But, I knew you were in Nara, a great distance away. I do hope you don't have family anywhere near the troubled areas. I am so sorry for the lives lost the the last 24 hours. My heart aches...I have dear Japanese friends who live in Yatsushiro, Kyushu. They have a son who lives in Tokyo, but, thankfully he and his family are all okay.
    Your post is beautiful...I loved this temple. It creates lovely reflections...beautiful post, dear friend. Do know that America is praying for your beautiful country...God bless all of you!

  20. I am so glad that you are okay (and I hope you stay that way)
    This is a perfect choice for posting. The 3rd picture is inspirational looking.

  21. I'm pleased to have found your interesting blog and beautiful images through your Redrose comment.So glad you made this post,it's good to know that the earthquake did not reach Nara.
    Thank you and best wishes!

  22. Lovely post, you are very talented with your camera!
    I hope everything is okay there with you and your family!
    I'm sending love to people in Japan!
    Léia - Bonjour Luxembourg

  23. Thank you for your deep concern about my country and its people..

    Fortunately I live in Nara far away from the epicenter. But these disasters could have happened anywhere in Japan as under the Japanese archipelago, two plates are squeezed in under the other two plates.

    It is heartbreaking. I'm sad to hear the worse things taking place one by one.

    I pray for the people and the area. Stop aftershocks and never atomic radiation

  24. I saw your comment in Reader Wil’s blog and came to visit. Your post is so peaceful and lovely. It is hard to think that in nature is beauty but also suffering. I enjoyed reading about the Todai-Ji Temple in Nara. A couple of weeks ago I wrote a long post on the Byodo-In Temple in Kahalu’u Hawaii. It is also very beautiful. I am sending my loving-kindness energy to the people of Japan in these difficult times.

  25. Beautiful reflection of the pagoda--all your shots are lovely. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the people of Japan. Mickie

  26. All of these photos are really nice. I love the reflection of the Todai-ji Temple and trees but I think the bottom photo is my favorite.

    I'm glad to hear that you are far from the destruction but we are very sad about the earthquake.

  27. Hi Snowwhite! Your pictures are very beautiful. They reassured me that you are safe. My prayers as well as all my countrymen's prayers are now with Japan in its hour of crisis.


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