Part of Buddhist Canopy at Byodo-in Museum Displayed For the 1st Time
07-24-2018    The Yomiuri Shimbun
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Kyoto, Japan -- Visitors look at part of a canopy at the Byodo-in Museum in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture, on Friday. Part of a canopy that usually hangs over a 950-year-old Buddhist statue was opened for public display Friday for the first time.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The Amidanyorai seated statue at Byodo-in temple's Hoodo hall in Uji, <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Kyoto</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Prefecture</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>, and its canopy are designated as national treasures at the temple, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The canopy, which was made in 1053, was removed from the ceiling for a major restoration project, the first such work in about 100 years. The two-tiered canopy consists of a flower-shaped part and box-shaped part, and usually hangs six meters above the ground directly over the statue. It is considered to be the oldest existing canopy in the country.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>A part of the box-shaped section, which measures 1.3 meters tall, 4.8 meters long and 4.6 meters wide, will be exhibited until Dec. 11 at the Byodo-in Museum, where visitors can take a close look at its glided arabesque carvings.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Monsho Kamii, head priest of the temple, said: "This will be the first and last time the beauty of the Heian dynasty will be seen so closely. The canopy was created in the hope of spreading the Buddha's salvation equally, far and wide all across the world."</SPAN></P>
Editor: Wang Xinyu
   
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