Trip to Nara 2012 Autumn – the 2nd day, Asuka 3

Next my destination was Tachibanadera temple(橘寺) that can be seen from in front of Kawaharadera temple ruins.
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It is said this temple is a birthplace of Prince Shotoku.
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The approach to the main worship hall.
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Kannon-do Hall (Main worship hall)
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Bell tower. I rang the bell and wished my … my… it’s my secret 😛
I made my wish 🙂
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Nimen-ishi (二面石) – Double-faced stone.
It is said that this stone is shown two ways of thinking.
Left is evil face, and right is good face. From left …
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Sanko-ishi (三光石)
It is said that when Prince Shotoku lectured on the Shoman-gyo Sutra, this stone sent out sunlight, moonlight and starlight.
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Ajiike (阿字池) – ‘a’-shaped pond.
‘阿’ is Sanskrit character ‘a’.
The pond has been created in the shape of the Sanskrit character for ‘a'(‘阿’)
It is said that Prince Shotoku made the pond.
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The horse owned by Prince Shotoku.
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After getting out of the temple, I walked to Ishibutai kofun Tumulus. 30 minutes or so.

Ishibutai kofun Tumulus (石舞台古墳)
It is believed to be the tomb of SOGA no Umako.
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The stone chamber.
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This shadow looks like a man. But everyone except me remarked unconcernedly.
What do you think ?
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After this I went toward Okadera temple that was most difficult place to reach.
It stands on a tough hill 🙁

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