Yakushiji Temple: Historic Restoration of 1300-year-old Pagoda 薬師寺:建立1300年・東塔の歴史的修復 2022

Culture & Lifestyle History Science & Technology

The absolute beauty of an ancient Japanese art. This documentary follows the 11-year-long historic restoration of the World Heritage Site, Toto, a 1,300-year-old wooden pagoda at Yakushiji Temple. Firstly, the pagoda was disassembled into more than 10 thousand parts. Those parts were then restored or replaced before being re-assembled. Surprisingly, the pagoda is resistant to huge earthquakes despite being built with little metal, a testament to the cutting-edge technology used.
This documentary showcases valuable, never-before-seen footage depicting amazing techniques from ancient Japan and true Japanese beauty.


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    48min. x 2 / 90min. x 1
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