Archive for June 21st, 2011

by / on June 21, 2011 at 6:25 PM / in Arashiyama, Kyoto WH, Temples-Shrines, Tenryu-ji, Tenryū-ji, Ukyō-ku

Tenryū-ji Temple in Sagano, Kyoto

Tenryū-ji Temple is in the middle of Sagano/Arashiyama which is one of the most popular areas among visitors to Kyoto. The Tenryū-ji Temple , a Zen Buddhist temple, has an excellent Chisen-Kaiyu-Shiki (pond-stroll) garden that was laid out by a garden designer of genius, Muso Soseki (Muso Kokushi, or the Most Reverend Priest Muso, 1275-1351). Sogen-chi pond and Ishigumi (arranged rocks) in […]

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by / on June 21, 2011 at 6:13 PM / in Arashiyama, Takiguchi-dera, Temples-Shrines, Ukyō-ku

Takiguchi-dera Temple: A Story Written in Blood!

Takiguchi-dera Temple (小倉山 滝口寺), its on the left side of Giō-ji Temple. A small steep path leads to the entrance. Another dramatic love story and written in blood. Saito Tokiyori was one of Taira-no-Shigemori‘s retainers. Tokiyori saw Kenrei Monin’s lady-in-waiting, Yokobue, dance during a flower-viewing party and decided he wanted her for his wife. Refused permission, Tokiyori renounced the world […]

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by / on June 21, 2011 at 5:53 PM / in Arashiyama, Seiryo-ji

Seiryō-ji in Kyoto!

Seiryō-ji is a Buddhist temple in the Saga district of Ukyō-ku, Kyoto, Japan. It is also known as Saga Shaka-dō. It is devoted to the practice of Yūzū Nenbutsu. Initially, the temple belonged to the Kegon sect; then it became a Pure Land temple. The honzon is an image of Gautama Buddha (Shaka-nyorai). The wooden statue is a National Treasure […]

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by / on June 21, 2011 at 5:20 PM / in Arashiyama, Otagi Nenbutsu

Hiyoke Jizo Bosatsu protecting Kyoto against Fire!

Otagi-Nenbutsuji-ji Temple! The temple, originally called Otagi Temple was first built at Higashiyama ward (Otagi District in the past) around from 764 to 770 according to the temple history. At the beginning of the Heian period (794-1192), the temple building was washed away when the Kamo River flooded. It was reestablished by Senkan Naigu (918-984), a priest from Mt. Hiei […]

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by / on June 21, 2011 at 4:54 PM / in Arashiyama, Nonomiya-jinja

Arashiyama’s famous bamboo forest and the Nonomiya Shrine!

Nonomiya Shrine, or the Shrine in the Country, is a Shinto shrine in the Arashiyama district on the west side of the city of Kyoto in Kyoto prefecture, Japan. The specific site of the shrine changed somewhat over time, as the location of the shrine was fixed anew by divination when a new imperial priestess was to undergo purification before […]

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by / on June 21, 2011 at 4:19 PM / in Arashiyama, Nison-in

Nison-in or Ogura-yama Nison-kyo-in Keidai-ji!

Nison-in is a Tendai Buddhist temple complex in Ukyō-ku, a western ward in the city of Kyoto, Japan. The temple’s official name is Ogura-yama Nison-kyo-in Keidai-ji. The temple is a popular destination during the Japanese maple viewing season (the momiji season). The temple derives its name from the fact that there are two main images here—one statue of the founding […]

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by / on June 21, 2011 at 3:45 PM / in Arashiyama, Jojakko-ji temple

The Jewel of Sagano: Jojakko-ji Temple!

This is a Nichiren sect temple. In 1596 Kukyoin Nisshin, The 16th head monk of the Honkoku-ji constructed this temple and lived here in seclusion. It is said that this temple was named Jojakko-ji because the region it occupies on Mt. Oguro-yama is as refined and tranquil as what is depicted in the teachings of the Nichiren sect. In 1620 […]

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