2018 Sapporo Snow Festival Large snow sculpture at Odori 8-chome site
The Large Lecture Hall of Yakushi-ji Temple, Nara
Yakushi-ji Temple is one of the most famous Buddhist temples in Nara prefecture. Its construction started in 680 AD, but was moved to its present location in 718. Since then, a spate of fires over the centuries has seen important buildings burned out time and time again. However, the buildings were faithfully re-built on each occasion. The Large Lecture Hall (Daikodo in Japanese) is the place where countless priests have studied, discussing the meanings of their doctrines, or carried out intense training to become high-level priests. The present lecture hall was reconstructed in 2003. In 1998, Yakushi-ji Temple and other temples in Nara were registered as World Heritage sites.