Tuesday, 4th March 2014
In Events In Japan,
Visitors to Kyoto in the near future are advised to drop by the Byodoin Temple, which has seen the phoenixes that occupy its sacred hall restored this week to what they would have looked like when they were created nearly 1,000 years ago.
The winged beasts, which are gilded with gold leaf, are situated on the roof of a prayer room where they look resplendent with enormous wingspans and enormous tail feathers.
Each statue measures one metre tall and weighs in at 60 kilograms.
The renovation work on the temple is the first to be carried out in more than 56 years, with the phoenixes considered a priority as they had decayed significantly over time.
Kyoto is home to a great many sacred temples and, having acted as Japan's capital for over 1,000 years, it remains one of the most traditional cities in the country.
Written by Mark Smith
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