2010 04 19 - Nara day 1
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I woke up well rested at 12 the next morning in front of Kohfukuji heritage, surrounded by deer getting fed deer-cookies by tourists. After Nara I would go to Mount Fuji and that would be my biggest hitchhiking trip by far so I wanted to start hitchhiking before 4. But Nara had other plans for me. There was just to much to see and I kept making photoos like every other tourist there. I visited the Kohfukuji heritage, the Nara park, the area surrounding the huge Bhudda and some of Nara city.
I started hitchhiking way after 6 and only knew I had to get to Tenri first which would be 30 minutes.
History of the Kohfukuji (temples at Nara)
699 Founded by the wife of Fujiwara Kamatari (very important family from 8th to 12th century) in Kyoto for his private worshipping. Moved to Umayasaka (Nara prefecture) after a few years and moved to Nara in 710
710 to 11th century: Many family members and other important people keep adding buildings, making it 1 of 7 great temples of Nara during the height of the Nara-period
11th century to 1180: During the many civil wars the monks in the Kohfukuji temples also received combat training and the Fujiwara family became even more influentual (political, cultural and spiritual) untill it started losing influence and choose the losing (Genji) side in the Heike vs Genji clanwar.
End of Fujuwara, beginning of Kamakura period: Eventually the Genji side did win and with their help Kohfukuji was almost entirely rebuild and also restored a lot of its political power. It was never as culturally and spiritually influentual though.
End of Kamakura period, 1717: The Kohfukuji temples kept taking damages from civil wars and fires of which the last one burned down all remaining original buildings. Everything that is standing today has been rebuild in the Kamakura period or later.