Photo/IllutrationThe sitting statue of the Amida Buddha in the Hoo-do, or Phoenix Hall, of Byodoin temple in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture, glows in gold lighting from LED projectors. (Yoshiko Sato)

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UJI, Kyoto Prefecture--A special limited night illumination kicked off at World Heritage-listed Byodoin temple's 1,000-year-old Hoo-do, or Phoenix Hall, here on Nov. 17.

A special gold-colored LED projector developed by Tokyo-based Stanley Electric Co. is being used for the first time in Japan to illuminate the phoenix decorations on the roof of the structure as well as the main sitting statue of the Amida Buddha within the Phoenix Hall.

With the bright red leaves of the trees around the temple complex as a vivid backdrop, the special LED lighting gave a golden glow to the statue and decorations.

The special night visits will be held on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until Dec. 2 between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The entrance fee is 600 yen ($5.30) for adults, 400 yen for senior and junior high school students and 300 yen for elementary school pupils.