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Nara - Horyuji

Location: Nara, Japan

These are some photos I took at Horyu Temple in Nara on Tuesday 11 October. This temple is the oldest temple in Japan. It was built in 607 by order of Prince Shotoku.

Here the boys are taking part in the tradition of washing their hands to cleans themselves before entering the temple.

Group photo at the gate of Horyu Temple.

At the front entrance of one of the buildings we saw these two vicious looking statues of guardian gods.

Here's one of the temple buildings where you could pray to the Shinto gods. You throw some money in the wooden container at the front there, ring the bell by pulling on the rope dangling down from the ceiling (which summons the gods), clap your hands a couple of times and then pray a silent prayer.

This five storied pagoda is one of the oldest buildings in the world!

Sam Rawstorn and James O'Dowd also came with us on this tour.



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Group photo at the gate of Horyu Temple.

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Here the boys are taking part in the tradition of washing their hands to cleans themselves before entering the temple.

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At the front entrance of one of the buildings we saw these two vicious looking statues of guardian gods.

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This five storied pagoda is one of the oldest buildings in the world!

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Here's one of the temple buildings where you could pray to the Shinto gods. You throw some money in the wooden container at the front there, ring the bell by pulling on the rope dangling down from the ceiling (which summons the gods), clap your hands a couple of times and then pray a silent prayer.

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Sam Rawstorn and James O'Dowd also came with us on this tour.

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