SHORENIN TEMPLE AUTUMN LEAVES
temple's principal image of Buddha, Shijoko Nyorai, is on public display
for the first time since the late Heian period (794-1192), when the temple
was built. The Buddha image is said to bring good to the world and ward
off evil by emitting brilliant rays or light. Thousands of LED lights
illuminate the temple's mossy garden, simulating the cosmos. A blue searchlight
was beamed into the sky to further spread the power of the Buddha image.
The temple will also hold a series of talks between the temple's chief
abbot and representatives of cultural and economic circles. The night
view continues until Dec. 4. Admission is 1,000 yen
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