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Monk's voyage had lasting impact on Japan / KANSAI & WEST

Refer to "KANSAI & WEST" News by Yomiuri Shinbun.
For Nara, ancient Capital City before Kyoto, this year is 1300th Aniversary.
I'm now living in Kobe and I would like to have a chance to visit Nara this year.
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KANSAI & WEST / HEIJO-KYO AND TEMPLES / Convent continues Empress Komyo's legacy 
Jan 28, 2010 by Yomiuri

In commemoration of the 1,300th anniversary of the relocation of the nation's capital to Heijo-kyo, in current Nara, this last installment of the three-part series "Heijo-kyo and Temples" focuses on Hokkeji convent founded by Empress Komyo. The empress played a major role in propagating Buddhism in the ancient Heijo-kyo capital.

NARA--"Empress Komyo was a gracious woman who saw to the needs of orphans and the sick by establishing [medical and nursing] facilities for them," said Kosho Koga, abbess of Hokkeji convent.

The convent, which stands next to the Heijo Palace site, was founded to serve as an ashram for women. ...

KANSAI&WEST / Monk's voyage had lasting impact on Japan 
Jan 21, 2010 by Yomiuri

In commemoration of the 1,300th anniversary of the relocation of the nation's capital to Heijo-kyo, this second installment of the three-part series "Heijo-kyo and Temples" introduces Toshodaiji temple and its founder Ganjin, a high-ranking Chinese priest who risked his life to come to Japan to disseminate the authentic teachings of Buddhism.

NARA--It was raining heavily on the afternoon of Nov. 1, the first day of the three-day ceremony to commemorate the completed renovation of Toshodaiji temple's Kondo main hall, reminding people of the storms faced by the Chinese priest Ganjin during his voyage to this country.

"Let's enjoy the coincidence of this downpour to feel an element of the hardships Ganjin experienced," said Atsushi Nishiyama, director of the curatorial division of Nara National Museum and an expert on Ganjin's achievements, during a discussion with actress Fumi Dan in front an audience of hundreds standing in front of Kondo hall. ...

KANSAI & WEST / Hyogo to continue quake foundation 
Jan 14, 2010 by Yomiuri

KOBE--Hyogo Gov. Toshizo Ido announced last week that the prefectural government would continue to run a foundation assisting reconstruction projects related to the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake for at least 10 more years as well as projects to support earthquake victims that annually cost about 300 million yen.

The Great Hanshin-Awaji Reconstruction Foundation run by the prefectural and Kobe municipal governments was to be dissolved at the end of fiscal 2009. Ido serves as director of the foundation.

The organization has funding of 3 billion yen, but has not decided how to use it. It will consider continuing its revitalization of local shopping centers and support projects for the elderly. ...

KANSAI & WEST / 15 years of covering the Hanshin quake 
Jan 14, 2010 by Yomiuri

This article is an abridged version compiled from a series commemorating the 15th anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake that occurred on Jan. 17, 1995. The series is based on first-person accounts by Yomiuri Shimbun reporters.

OSAKA--Over the last 15 years, many Yomiuri Shimbun, Osaka, staff writers have covered news and events relating to the Great Hanshin Earthquake, helping create a fuller picture of the disaster that left 6,437 dead and missing and 43,792 injured.

They carried out their work with memories of the devastating earthquake of Jan. 17, 1995, firmly in mind.

HEIJO-KYO AND TEMPLES / Great Buddha product of early technology 
Jan 7, 2010 by Yomiuri

In commemoration of the 1,300th anniversary of the relocation of the nation's capital to Heijo-kyo, in current Nara, this last installment of the three-part series "Heijo-kyo and Temples" focuses on Hokkeji convent founded by Empress Komyo. The empress played a major role in propagating Buddhism in the ancient Heijo-kyo capital.

NARA--"Empress Komyo was a gracious woman who saw to the needs of orphans and the sick by establishing [medical and nursing] facilities for them," said Kosho Koga, abbess of Hokkeji convent.

The convent, which stands next to the Heijo Palace site, was founded to serve as an ashram for women.
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