by / on June 21, 2011 at 2:54 PM / in Arashiyama, Hokyo-in

The Deity of Mercy -Hokyo-in Temple in Kyoto!

Hokyo-in Temple in Kyoto! This Buddhist temple was built by Emperor Shirakawa in Heian Period and originally called Zennyu-ji Zennyu-ji. During the time of the northern and outhern courts, Mokuan, one of the diciples of a Zen master Muso Soseki, restored temple buildings with the patronage of Ashikaga Yoshiakira, The second shogun of the Muromachi shogunate. After Yoshiakira’s death, the […]

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by / on June 21, 2011 at 11:12 AM / in Arashiyama, Gio-ji

A story of botched love: Gio-ji temple in Sagano, Kyoto!

Gio-ji temple of the Shingon Buddhist sect, formerly known as Ojo-in, is said to have been founded by Nembutsubo Tyochin, a disciple of priest Honen. Later it became to be called Gio-ji. The main building, reconstructed in 1895, enshrines the statue of Buddha Dainichi, who symbolizes oneness with the universe. There is also a statue of Taira no Kiyomori, a […]

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by / on June 21, 2011 at 10:49 AM / in Arashiyama, Danrin-ji

Beautiful Empress Tachibana Kachiko, founded the Danrin-ji temple!

Danrin-ji: It is said Emperor’s Saga’s wife, Tachibana Kachiko, founded the Danrin-ji temple during early part of the Heian period. The Empress was said to be beautiful in appearance, excelling in woman’s virtue, a lover of arts and science, and was said to have founded a school “Gakken-in” for the Tachibanas. There was a monk from China visiting at this […]

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by / on June 21, 2011 at 10:22 AM / in Arashiyama, Daikaku-ji

Ikebana haven: Daikaku-ji Temple!

Daikaku-ji temple was a 9th century detached palace of an emperor and was converted into a temple later. The oldest building of this temple probably dates back to 16th or 17th century. The big temple has excellent shoheki-ga, or fusuma-e paintings of which reproductions you can see in the buildings. The large Osawa-no-ike pond is said to be the oldest […]

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by / on June 21, 2011 at 9:59 AM / in Adashino Nenbutsu

Visiting the dews of Adashino!

Adashino Nenbutsuji Temple! This temple belongs to the Pure Land sect of Buddhism. Its precinct is filled with numerous stone monuments and stone images of Buddhist deities excavated around the temple. Adashino, this area, was a graveyard in old days. “Adashino-no-tsuyu (the dews of Adashino)” has been widely used in Waka poems and others as an expression symbolizing a sense […]

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by / on April 4, 2011 at 9:44 PM / in Arashiyama, Temples-Shrines, Ukyō-ku

Arashiyama (Storm Mountain) is a district on the western outskirts of Kyoto, Japan.

Togetsukyo Bridge: It was a lazy summer day when we visited the famous, picturesque Arashiyama. Although I had been there numerous times before, I always hold a fascination towards it because of its beauty. Undeniably, one of the most famous attractions in Arashiyama is the romantic Togetsukyo Bridge, also known as the Moon Crossing Bridge. This bridge is notable for […]

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