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Hasedera temple of Nara prefecture has the biggest wooden statue (about 10 meter tall) in Japan, called Eleven Faced Kannon, Goddess of Mercy (Jyuichimen kannon) , and it is counted as one of 33 temples of Kansai Kannon Pilgrimage. In Kamakura, Kanagawa prefecture, there is a same name’s temple called “Hasedera”, because both temples statues of Kannon had been carved from the same driftwood. The origin of the temple was too old, in 686, and Kannon made in 727. This temple is famous for “the flower temple” of peony flowers (from late April to the middle of May) and cherry blossoms (early April). There is the wooden staircase leading to the Main Hall from the Niō gate (Nio mon). The peony blossoms surrounding the staircase. In the Heian period (8C-12C), people worshiped this temple and went to stay for praying. “The tale of Genji”, “Pillow Book” and “Diary of Sarashina”, you can read this temple in the classical literatures of Japan. Even now, a lot of people are visiting this temple, and there is a small temple town. From the Hase station, you can walk to the temple through the town, where are traditional houses, stores and some inns. When I arrived at the evening and was worried about entering in it, they still opened the gate and went up the Main Hall. In the hall, priests started to pray in front of the Kannon, so it was very lucky for me to meet them, even though I was standing outside of the Kannon’s room which was closed for the visitors at that time. There were some tourists in the large temple’s area. I saw Kannon, priests and cherry blossoms…, that was a quiet solemn evening.

Hasedera temple, Nara

Hasedera's pagoda (tower)

Nio gate of Hasedera, Nara

Nio gate

Hasedera's staircase


Hasedera, Nara
Hasedera, Nara