11 January 2021, 12:00 pm
Focus Japan
Programme Type
Films and Exhibitions

Screening of NHK documentary films on Japan’s history, literature, art, culture and heritage. Organised with the support of NHK World and Embassy of Japan, New Delhi 

Buddhist Architecture(28 min; 2014; English and with subtitles)

Kyoto is home to the head temples of most Buddhist sects, with 2,700 temples small and large which shape the ancient capital's historical landscape. The film looks at some of the most important temples in the city including Tofoku-ji temple with its famous Shichido-garan layout symbolising the human body. Maintaining temples for centuries, the film follows traditional carpenters as they carry out major repairs at Chion-in and thatch Kiyomizu-dera's main-hall with cypress bark using traditional roofing methods.