Kiyomizu Temple's main hall roof, stage restored
NHK -- Dec 03
Kiyomizu Temple in Japan's ancient capital of Kyoto has held a ceremony to mark the renovation of the wooden stage and the new roof of the main hall.

The Buddhist ritual at the main hall on Thursday was attended by 24 people, including the construction workers.

Priests chanted a sutra and scattered pieces of paper cut in the shape of lotus flower petals.

The renovation work began in 2017, and the reroofing was completed in February. The Japanese cypress bark thatch has been renewed for the first time in 50 years. The new pieces are the same size as those used when the main hall was reconstructed in the early Edo period.

The temple also says the renovation of the 200-square-meter stage will soon be finished. Workers have installed 166 floorboards made of Japanese cypress. They were last replaced 16 years ago.

Chief Priest Mori Seihan said he feels deeply moved to see the main hall restored to its original state. He says he wants people to come and see the heavenly view from the stage.

Major restoration work of towers and gates has been underway since 2008. The temple is planning another ceremony in the autumn of 2021 or later to mark the completion of the project.

「平成の大修理」が行われている京都の清水寺で、本堂の屋根や舞台板の張り替え工事が終わったことを知らせる法要が行われました。

 2008年から「平成の大修理」が進められている京都市東山区の清水寺。国宝の本堂でも、約半世紀ぶりに傷んでいた檜皮葺の屋根や舞台板を張り替える工事が行われていましたが12月3日、本尊に工事の終了を知らせる法要が行われました。

 (清水寺 森清範貫主)

 「感無量でございます。大修理が成就いたしまして創建当初の形によみがえりました。」

 「平成の大修理」は来年3月までに完了する予定だということです。

News sources: NHK, MBS NEWS
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