Kiyomizu-dera Temple's Renewed TerraceGorgeous Ceremony for Completed Renovation, including Main Hall Roof22 January 2021 - Sightseeing/Events
Restoration of the main hall started in 2017, and its cypress bark roof renewal was completed by spring of this year. Replacement of the terrace's floorboards began in April. The terrace, which is divided into upper, middle and lower tiers with a total area of about 200 square meters, was newly covered with 166 cypress boards from the Kiso area. Although some work will continue through the end of fiscal year, the ceremony was held as the main restoration was mostly finished.
At 10:00 a.m., eight temple priests, including Seihan Mori, the chief priest, entered the main hall to report the successful completion of the work and express their gratitude to the temple's principal deity. Following the chief priest's purification of the terrace, the other attending priests recited Buddhist sutras as they walked around it. They scattered colorful paper petals on the new floor, adding a gorgeous touch to the celebration ceremony.(Translated by Mie Hiuzon, Psyche et l’Amour, Inc.)