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by / on June 10, 2014 at 12:33 PM / in Kyoto WH, Minami-ku, Temples-Shrines, To - ji Temple

Tōji Temple: Guardian Bastion for Heian-kyō.

History of Tōji Temple: Tōji Temple (東寺) in the south-eastern part of Kyoto is a large complex with a history dating back more than a 1000 years ago. In the year 794 Emperor Kanmu moved the capital from Heijō-kyō (平城京-Nara) to Heian-kyō (平安京-Kyoto). He wanted to have two guardian temples to protect the new capital, one in the East and […]

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by / on February 19, 2013 at 12:24 PM / in Kamigyō-ku, Temples-Shrines

Wake no Kiyomaro story!

Along Karasuma dori, in Kyoto, across from the Imperial Palace grounds is a small shrine that is very famous. On the outer wall is a pictorial displayed of the Wake no Kiyomaro story.  The main characters are Wake no Kiyomaro (和気清麻呂), Wake no Hiromushi hime and Yuge no Dōkyō (道鏡). The first two are the ones who defended the imperial […]

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by / on February 18, 2013 at 10:06 AM / in Kamigyō-ku, Temples-Shrines

The Goō Shrine (護王神社) and Wake no Kiyomaro!

Recently I visited the Goō Shrine (護王神社) in Kyoto. It’s easy to find, right across from the Imperial Palace grounds on Karasuma dori. Goō shrine is a very colorful shrine and is quite different from other Shinto shrines. The reason for this can be found in the history of the shrine. Wake no Kiyomaro and his elder sister Hiromushi hime […]

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