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 […]Read more ›
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Emperor Saga (嵯峨天皇, (February 8, 785 – August 24, 842) was the 52nd emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. Saga’s reign spanned the years from 809 through 823. Events of Saga’s life: 806 Saga became the crown prince at age 21. June 17, 809 (Daidō 4, 1st day of the 4th month): In the 4th year […]Read more ›
Kokuzo-san: Konin-ji Temple!, a set on Flickr. It’s a bit of a climb up, about 100 meters of stairs through a pine forest. Once you arrive at the Kōnin-ji Temple gate, you’ll immediately impressed with the serenity of the temple grounds. Its quiet, there are a lot of trees and places to sit and enjoy the stillness. The paintings on […]Read more ›
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 […]Read more ›
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 […]Read more ›
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 […]Read more ›