Valley of the Temples

Now that the American Idol excitment is over, (Make sure you look at yesterday’s blog if you missed that!) we are back in Hawaii for just a few more days…..

There are still more things I just have to show you….!

I HAVE to show you the Valley of the Temples! (One of the photos I took here is in my top 10 favorites of the whole trip! Any guesses?)

Can you believe this entire Byodo-in Temple was built entirely without the use of nails? It is a replica of a 900 year old Uji Temple in Japan. (Doesn’t it look like it could be a miniature? Trust me, it’s full size and they let you walk through it~!)

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The Buddah is thought to be the largest carved since ancient times.

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The Bell House contains a 5 foot high, three ton brass bell called bon-sho.

Visitors were invited to strike the bell with the soft wooden log to cleanse the mind of evil and temptation.

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The temple was located inside a cemetary. That cemetary was interesting to us as well. According to Hawaiian tradition people leave food, drink and flowers on the graves of their loved ones!

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“Show me your cemeteries, and I will tell you what kind of people you have.”

Benjamin Franklin

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