Phoenix hall at Byodo-in temple, Uji, Japan
Canon EOS 350D + Canon EF-S 10-22mm
Byodo-in temple is the only surviving authentic example of Heian architecture style in Japan. Phoenix hall on the image above was built in 1053, which makes it 950+ years old and one of the oldest surviving wooden buildings in the world. Being one of the most iconic Japanese cultural properties it was placed on the 10 yen coin - symbolizing it's importance. Inside Phoenix hall sacred image of Amida Buddha is kept, which can be viewed only during designated hours - and it is not possible to take photographs of it.
I made many, many photos of Byodo-in during different seasons. This one is one of the best, which I took in April, just before sakura blossoms...