Monday, June 27, 2011

My Day at the Byodo- In Temple

Yesterday was a great day off from my genealogy research that I have been doing practically nonstop. I just wanted to share my day with you! Located at the foot of the Ko'olau mountains in the Valley of the Temples of Kahaluu, Hawaii. The day was perfect and serene; even though it's a popular attraction for visitors to the island of Oahu, being that I live here, I just wanted to go anyway. It's not too far away from my home in Kailua; so it was just the three of us that went to the temple- my mom, my husband, and I had a great time feeding the Japanese koi fish while the nearby birds tried to get the food before the fish did! I can't forget the one brave turtle that popped up in the middle of all the thrashing koi to get his share too. 

Byodo-In Temple, Hawaii
(My Personal Photo)

The Byodo-In Temple is a replica that was built in the 1960's to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the first Japanese immigrant worker that came to the Islands to work the sugar plantation fields. It is a replica of the original 950 year old temple that is located in Uji, Japan. 
Bridge to the Temple
(My Personal Photo)

In the above picture, the bridge takes you towards the temple; it was also used for the proposal scene for Sun and Jin in the ABC Television series, Lost. (House of the Rising Sun episode)

Lotus Buddha
Notice that the image is called this because the Buddha sits upon a Lotus flower.
(My Personal Photo)

The Buddha was carved by a famous Japanese sculptor by the name of Masuzo Inui, and it is an original work of art; the largest of its' kind that was carved in over 900 years! How's that for a little history lesson?

Enjoy your day and happy hunting!


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