Nara, Japan

This Buddhist temple serves as both a monastery and a seminary. It is widely regarded as one of the oldest wooden structures in the world, dating back to the early 7th century. It was completely dismantled and stored safely to protect it from frequent bombings during WWII.

I simply enjoyed the classic Japanese architecture and feel of the place as I walked around the complex, enjoying the type of peaceful serenity that one can only find in Japan.

*These pictures were scanned from film originals, so the quality is less than ideal.

k.h. 2004