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Five-story Pagodas: Why Can’t Earthquakes Knock Them Down?
Wisdom from the Distant Past: Japan is famous for its old wooden buildings. Some, which we could call ancient ” high-rises,” are five-story pagodas at major temples in places like Kyoto and Nara. Stupas were first built in India to enshrine remains or relics of the Buddha. The custom of building stupas was transmitted via China and the Korean peninsula to Japan. There, more than 1,300 years ago, the shape became the distinctive five-story pagoda. Earthquakes occur frequently in Japan, but five-story pagodas keep standing, as beautiful today as they were centuries ago. What secrets does the pagoda have, protecting it from seismic forces? – CLICK HERE FOR NIPPONIA RESOURCE