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Byodo-in Temple

A masterpiece of Buddhist Pure Land (Jodo) Architecture

Originally built during the Heian period as a countryside villa for the Minister of the Left, it was converted into a temple following the high-ranking courtier's death. The most famous building in the temple is the Phoenix Hall, nicknamed as such because of its shape and the two Phoenix statues on its roof. Fun fact: The hall is featured on the back of the Japanese ten yen coin.

Interview with Luis Mileu: Photography with a Cause