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      (小野老 万葉集 巻3・328)

The capital at Nara,
beautiful in green earth,
flourishes now
like the luster
of the flowers in bloom.
   (by Ono no Oyu: translated by Ian Hideo Levy)

This is a TANKA(短歌:short poem) by Ono no Oyu, a Japanese poet of the 8th century. I was reminded of this poem when I saw a cherry tree in full blossom in the forecourt of Todai-ji temple. I guess that the ancient poet was visualizing a scene like this.

The building in this picture is the Dibutsu-den (大仏殿:The Hall of the Great Buddha)that is the main hall of the Todai-ji Temple. It was first built in 751. But it was burned twice by the war fires. The existing building was reconstructed in 1709.

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