World Heritage Site “Byoudoin” Temple in Kyoto Uji City | Place you want to visit

Under the construction —-Testing


In 1052, Byodoin Temple was built by the Regent, Fujiwara no Yorimichi by rebuilding the villa, given by his father, Michinaga.

The year 1052 was said to be the beginning of a decadent age when Buddhism was thought to be dying out and pessimism due to decadence infected the minds of aristocrats and monks.

Jodoshinko (belief in Jodo), which prays for peaceful death and rebirth in Gokuraku (nirvana), widely spread throughout society.

In 1053, the following year, Amidado (Hoo-do (Phoenix Hall)) was completed and in the Hall, the Amida Nyorai (Amitabha Tathagata) Seated Statue at a height of 2.43m, created by Jocho, the greatest sculptor during the Heian Period, was situated and it is said that it was the most extravagant of the time. The building and statutes created about 1,000 years ago have been passed down to this day and are registered as a World Heritage Site.

久々に近くて遠い、宇治の平等院に行って来ました。 家内がここが好きで、海外から来たお客さんたちに奨めている場所の一つです。 ここは、平成24年から改修が始まって、26年の4月から、観覧が出来るようになりました。 下の写真にあるように改修の前後では、まったく違った景色になります。
img_3175これが改修の後、今回訪問して撮影した写真です。 何やら、京都の平安神宮みたいな感じですね。と言っても、今回は56年ぶりの大改修工事で“真っ赤で金ピカ”な創建当時の姿に大変身しているとのことだそうです。 でも平安神宮の朱色とは違って、漆で光沢を抑えてあるそうです。


2048x1536x54ab1de7b30c8c7dcf00adこれが改修前で、私個人的にはこちらの方が好きです。 平等院が建立されたのが、1052年の平安時代です。 これまで、約1000年の時を経て。。。。その雰囲気があっていい感じでした。


最初の写真を含め、3枚は息子がスマホで撮った写真で、私とは違っていろんなアプリを駆使しながら撮ってます。 今回は、久々に休みが取れて、ロスアンゼルスからの帰国で、家族での訪問です。





この写真もいいですね。 阿字池に映った鳳凰堂の色が、少し、落ち着いていい雰囲気になってます。


庭園の一部の木は少し紅葉が始まってました。 周辺の山や、豊富な水量の宇治川など、紅葉の季節には、又一段違った景色を提供してくれるでしょう。 訪問を是非お勧めします。

今回、Youtube動画を英語版でアップすることにして見ました。 現在の観光ブームもありますが、こうして、訪問して見ると改めて日本の良さをひしひしと感じますし、この文化を独り占めにしているのは余りにも待ったいないと思えます。 これから、少しずつ日本文化をネットで発信していこうかと思っている次第です。

My YouTube video (norman.tomita)

140 YouTube videos are up loaded on the YouYube. You can access it: Norman.Tomita from the “YouTube search”.

Information on Byoudoin

Access by Train:
Get off at “Uji Station” on the JR Nara Line and walk 10 minutes
Get off at “Keihan Uji Station” on the Keihan Dentetsu Uji Line and walk 10 minutes
Access by car:
From Osaka
Change to Keiji Bypass at “Ooyamzaki” Junction on the Meishin Expressway and from “Uji-Nishi” Interchange, drive directly on the side road of Keiji Bypass.

Open hour: Around 9:00 to 5:00pm Open throughout the year

Addmission Fee: Adult 600 yen

Officail site:

Dish & Plate Gallery

Slab Building Plates with texture patterns

Some of my slab building works with texturing pattern. You can use any materials have unique pattern.
I use black slip on the white cray or you can do this without slip.

Anyone can make fine artistic works even if a person does not have a paint skill with under glaze paints.

“Oribe ware ” like  plates

Oribe Furuta is founder of the Oribe-yaki.

He believed to have hired a large number of craftsmen and pottery workers to have them create works of art, having been the founder of the Oribe-style earthenware and the Oribe school

Oribe ware is pottery made mainly in Mino Province from the Tensho era (1573-1592) of the Momoyama period.

There are several kinds of Oribe ware according to glaze color and so on, including ao-oribe (partially covered with green glaze), aka-oribe (combination of red and white clay), kuro-oribe (a type of oribe ware with black glaze) and shino-oribe (a type of oribe ware utilizing techniques of e-shino).

Dye Forming Plates

Some small plates are formed with dyes. You may find some nice house ware and use them for forming the slab.
It is recommended that the thickness of the slab is 5 to 7mm.


Slipware is the primary decorating process where slip is placed onto the leather-hard clay body surface before firing by dipping, painting or splashing.

The slip placed onto a wet or leather-hard clay body surface by a variety of techniques including dipping, painting, piping or splashing.

Principal techniques include slip-painting, where the slip is treated like paint and used to create a design with brushes or other implements.

Often only pottery where the slip creates patterns or images will be described as slipware, as opposed to the many types where a plain slip is applied to the whole body.

Chattering pattern, Stamping(“Innka”)