Last weekend, February 1, while I was getting my body loosened up at an osteopathic clinic, I suddenly felt the urge to go to Todaiji Temple. As soon as I got home, I asked my wife, “What are your plans for today? When I asked him about it, he replied, “Not particularly… So, “Shall we go to Todaiji? When I said that, he replied, “It’s fine,” though he always had a look on his face. It took me about 40 minutes to arrive at Todaiji Temple, where I ran my morning errands and headed to Nara for the first time in a long time.
First of all, I was overwhelmed by the statue of Kongo Rikishi (Niwomon) by Unkei and Kaikei. I’ve been to Todaiji 2 or 3 times since my school trip, but I was surprised. To think that it was built 1,300 years ago with such power and such size is just amazing. Also, the magnificence of the Great Buddha Hall and the size of the Great Buddha. What did Emperor Shomu think and what did he think to build such a large Lusha-Na-Butsu?
We spent an hour talking with the daibutsu-san, then went around Sangetsudo (temple) and Nigetsudo (temple) for 3 hours, and enjoyed Nara’s corbie houses for the first time in a long time. It’s nice to have something to do once in a while…