This is the scene that is stamped on the face of the 10-yen coin! The Phoenix Hall, was under renovation for two years, and finally made its first public re-appearance. It looks so beautiful, almost beyond recognition. (Photo: Masayoshi Hirose)

Face-Lift for Byodo-in Phoenix Hall

Renovated Byodo-in Phoenix Hall now unveiled in Uji

Takako Sakamoto   - 1 min read

On November 23rd of 2014, I visited Byodo-in Phoenix Hall in Uji City, Kyoto.

The Phoenix Hall of Byodo-in underwent renovation between September 2012 and March this year. The roofs were replaced, and pillars were painted anew, giving it a refreshed look. The phoenix in radiant gold on the roof of the central chamber, and the pillars and walls painted in brilliant vermilion are wonderfully eye-catching. On this sunny autumn day, the newly renovated Phoenix Hall made a striking contrast with the high blue sky, and its reflection on the mirror-like surface of the pond was just awesome!

See also: Beyond Phoenix Hall at Byodo-in (Villa of Elite Aristocrats series)

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Takako Sakamoto

Takako Sakamoto @takako.sakamoto

I was born in and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, and have lived in many places since then: Nishinomiya, Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Fukuoka and Fukui. I am currently living in Yokohama City. All the places I lived, all the places I visited, I have loved dearly. The histor...