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Japan Photo Journal: Phoenix lights

(Mainichi/Kentaro Ikushima)

The Phoenix Hall at Byodoin Temple, a national treasure and UNESCO world heritage site in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture, west Japan, is seen lit up in the evening of Nov. 15, 2019, as part of celebrations to commemorate 25 years since it was put on the heritage list. Among the sections illuminated are the Amitabha Statue inside the main hall, phoenix statues on its roof and around 200 maples, which have started to see their leaves turn red. Temple master Monsho Kamii said, "While the complex glows in modern lights, I want us all to keep thinking about what it means to protect and pass on world heritage." The display was open to the press on Nov. 15, and the public can see it for themselves between 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 16, 17, 22-24, and from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1. Entry is 1,000 yen, but free for children of elementary school age and under.

    (Japanese original by Kentaro Suzuki, Gakken Uji Bureau)

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