Japan is a modern country much like our own. In Tokyo skyscrapers fill the sky, and below the streets are filled with traffic. And yet it is still possible to find that old world culture that so many spend the plane ride to see. The best place to find traditional Japanese design is at the temples.
Five Temples You Should See
You have to admire the craftsmanship of the workers who built the Japanese temples. The architectural design is beautiful, and so hard to replicate. Inside the interior decorations and furnishings offer even more eye candy.
1. Kotoku-in Temple(Kamukura, Kanagawa Prefecture,Japan): Home of the giant bronze Great Buddha statue, which was built in 1252.
2. Kiyomizu-dera Temple (Kyoto, Japan): This Heian period temple was built in 798 A.D. using absolutely no nails. A style called “Joinery.”
3. Ryoan-ji Temple (Kyoto, Japan): The Peaceful Dragon Temple may have a simple rock garden, but there is nothing simple about this 11th century temple, which is home to 7 Hosokawa emperor’s tombs.
4. Chusonji Temple (Hiraizumi, Nishiiwai District, Iwate, Japan): Built in 850 A.D. this Fujiwara Buddhist temple has many buildings filled with wonderful design features.
5. Myoshin-ji Temple (Kyoto, Japan): Founded by Buddhist Zen Master Kanzan Egen in 1342, it has 47 sub temples with wonderful works of art both inside and out.
Old Meets New
Though the saying “They don’t build them like they use to,” may be true for the architecture of buildings these days, you can still find that charming ancient style in newer Japanese designs. Think of it as the wisdom of the forefathers with a twist of modern ingenuity.
For a more traditional feel Shoji divider walls, end tables, and lamps are a must have. Of course the modern versions are made of more durable materials. Would not want any ninjas sneaking into your home at night. The old school art of joinery can be found with a classy up to date look in many furnishings including beds, tables, dressers, and night stands. It is all about beautiful simplicity and functionality.[japanese temples]