Your surprising face comes to my mind. You might utter, "Aren't you in Hawaii?" This is Byodoin Hoo-oh-do, which had been built in 1968 in Hawaii on the 100th anniversary of the 1st Japanese immigrants' arrival. The magnitude was regrettably a third or fourth of the original one, but its atmosphere was as great as that of Japan. The original Byodoin Hoo-oh-do is a Buddhist temple which doesn't belong to any Buddhism sect. That on Oahu island, what's more, doesn't take any specific religious dogma, getting out of Buddhism. Byodoin Hoo-oh-do was designed and built so that all the Japanese on Oahu island could think of their original land of Japan by seeing it, no matter what religion they believe. There was the Shinji-ike pond in the grounds, in which gorgeous carps were kept. The ponds called Shinji-ike are found in several places in Japan. "Shinji" is a kanji character which stands for heart or soul and "ike" means pond. The shape of this pond was modelled after the kanji character, Shinji. I think that this pond might be for calming yourselves before the Temple.
Just before the arrival at Byodoin, I found several graveyards separated by their religion. Among them, there was a small graveyard, in which Japanese style tombstones were arranged. All of them were made of black granite and directed toward Japan. I couldn't help thinking of Japanese people who had been born in Japan, moved to Hawaii, and became the soil of Oahu island. What lives had they spent? Anyway, I chatted with other foreign tourists in an adjacent gift shop. I was asked if Byodoin was famous in Japan. I thought it a silly question, but politely answered as follows: It has 1000 years of history and is listed on the World Heritage Sites. They told me that they're interested in Japanese history, and so I added that the first-ever Seppuku - committing suicide by cutting open the abdomen - was done in Byodoin. I hoped that it was not wrong.
granite 花崗(かこう)岩, 御影(みかげ)石