Friday, January 09, 2009

Byoda-In Temple

This is the Byoda-In Temple that I've talked to so many people about. This is one of my favorite places to go when playing tour guide.

Byodo-In temple, a glorious replica of the same-named 950-year-old Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan, is a serene place. The stunning Koolau mountains that back it add to its majesty. And the large jade-green pond that fronts it adds a glassy mirror to the foreground of the blissful view. The temple was built in the 1960s, the 100th anniversary of the arrival of immigrant sugar-cane workers from Japan to Hawaii. If you haven't learned much about this, watch the movie "Picture Bride"- it's a beautiful movie that shows what life was like for these workers. Come in the morning when the mountains are lit by the sun and their ridges are highlighted. Ring the warm-toned bell as you enter. You will feel like you are in Japan.This is the location of scenes in the TV show "Lost," during episodes that flash back to Sun's life. It is the Korean home of her powerful father, whom her husband Jin must do dubious work for.

I took the above from a website... Here are the pictures I've taken.

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