Chusonji Temple (World Heritage) at Hiraizumi, Iwate

Peaceful Konjikido (Golden Hall) of Chusonji Temple     In Heian Period, there was a country in the Tohoku Region, which was independent of the central government of Kyoto.   The culture of Heian Period   That was Hiraizumi ruled under Oshu Fujiwara Clan. Still today, the body of three generation kings who built the prosperity of the country is settled in Konjikido (Golden Hall) of Chusonji Temple, which is registered as a World Heritage Site.   Let’s learn about Chusonji Temple that the famous haiku poet of the Edo period, Matsuo Basho also visited.     World Heritage Site Chusonji Temple     The country of Fujiwara Clan   In 850, Read more about Chusonji Temple (World Heritage) at Hiraizumi, Iwate[…]

the entrance of Ise shrine

Introduction of Shinto shrine (jinja) in Japan

    Shrines in Japan deify various Shinto gods. Because Shinto have Yaoyorozu-no Kami(八百万の神, eight million gods) which means myriad gods. In other words, it is polytheism. Not only the gods from the myth, such as Kojiki(古事記), but also the nature and personal belongings.   Originally, the religion started from the nature worship in ancient time. People had the feeling of fear and respect for the power of the nature in Jomon Period. And hoping to help their prosperity, they also gradually regarded their ancestors, grounds, and country as a part of the gods.        In Asuka Period, Buddhism introduced via the Korean Peninsula. Even though Buddhism have the founder of a religion and Shinto don’t, Read more about Introduction of Shinto shrine (jinja) in Japan[…]

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, famous for the red gates in Kyoto

Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto Fushimi Inari Shrine is located in the south part of Kyoto City where is the sightseeing spot with many historical architectures.    In Kyoto, the Japanese travelers visit the temples of Kinkakuji (Rokuonji) or Kiyomizu-dera rather than Fushimi Taisha. But the shrine is the most popular temple or shrine in Kyoto among the overseas tourist.   When you visit the shrine, you would feel the unique atmosphere of the site. The biggest reason for that is, I think, the “Thousand Torii “. The red gates stand in a row… They make the air mysterious.    The number of the visitor to Fushimi Inari at the New Year reach Read more about Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, famous for the red gates in Kyoto[…]

Yakushiji Temple

The Buddhist temples in Japan, the way to pray and World Heritage sites

Japanese Buddhism temples The introduction of Buddhism with Buddha statue as present, via the country of Kudara, on the Korean Peninsula, to Japan was at the end of the 6th century(learn more about Buddha statue in Japan).         Sponsored Links And Hokoji Temple (法興寺), Asuka-dera(飛鳥寺), was built as the first regular Buddhism Temple in Japan. But the oldest wooden structure in the world is the Saiin Garan(西院伽藍), the Western Precinct,  of Horyuji Temple(法隆寺).(learn more about the culture of Asuka Period)     In the history of Japan, the main political function was placed in Nara, Kyoto, Kamakura, and Tokyo. Although there are more than 75,000 temples in Japan, the famous temples Read more about The Buddhist temples in Japan, the way to pray and World Heritage sites[…]

Kiyomizu Temple and Kyoto City

The location of Kyoto shi (city) and on google map.

Kyoto, the city of the traditional temples and shrines Kyoto, 京都(きょうと)in Japanese, has a population of 2.6 million But more than 80 million tourists visit the prefecture in a year.     Sponsored Links Because the area has so many sightseeing spots including old temple or shrine, and traditional dishes.         But not only that, people have feelings like admiration for Kyoto shi, which had been a Japanese capital for a thousand years. The name of the city where has a long history and is the Protocol to Prevent Global Warming may well be known in the world.     At any rate, where is it located?       The pace of Kyoto If Read more about The location of Kyoto shi (city) and on google map.[…]

Buddhism temples in Nikko, around Koyasan, Iwami and Hiraizumi

Temples in Nikko, Kii Mountain Range, Iwami Ginzan, and Hiraizumi Certainly, these sightseeing spots would  less attract attention from the tourists comparing to Kyoto or Nara.   But you can enjoy the temples as well as the scenery surrounding them. The leaders in each period built temples in the capitals to protect the city and the nation. On the other hand, high priests and the lord of a manor established the Buddhist buildings as to harmonize with nature.     Japanese people had believed the religion of nature that formed Shinto since the ancient time. So they thought nature had a special power and tried to coexist with the mountains, the seas, and Read more about Buddhism temples in Nikko, around Koyasan, Iwami and Hiraizumi[…]

Daigoji. Kyoto World Heritage Site.

Buddhist temples in Kyoto/ World Heritage

  Kyoto, one of the most traditional and historical cities in Japan, attracts more than 80 million people in a year. The city had assumed a role of an  administrative function since 794. With the beginning of Heian Period, many people moved from Nara(Heijo-kyo) to Kyoto(Heian-kyo, 平安京) and from that time, they built temples in the new capital.    Sponsored Links     Click!   Many Buddhism sects and temples had been established and some of them became to have a great influence on people and the leaders. The monks occationally took up arms for protesting the governments when they felt so dissatisfied with the policies.   But the temples in Kyoto as much as Nara faced Read more about Buddhist temples in Kyoto/ World Heritage[…]

Buddhist temples in Nara. World Heritage

In the early history of Japan, Nara prefecture was the center of the politics, the culture and the economy in Yamato Period, Asuka Period and Nara Period. Japanese people just believed their animism, the origine of “Shinto”(神道) until Asuka Period. Sponsored Links Click!     It is said that Seong of Baekje, the ancient king of the  country in Korean Peninsula, presented the Buddha statue and the satras for Emperor Kimmei in 552.(learn about Buddha statue)   After the conflict between the pros and cons for the accepting of it, Buddhism was settled as a state religion since then. That is the reason there are many old Buddha temples in Nara. Read more about Buddhist temples in Nara. World Heritage[…]

Murouji Temple, five stories

Japanese temples and shrines

    The number of the temples in Japan is about 76,000 and that of the shrines is about 80,000. Coming to Japan, you can see the temples and the shrines everywhere even if you travel Kyoto, Nara, or Kamakura.    Today, few Japanese deeply devot to a specific religion. But Buddhism and Shinto has take rooted in their lifestyle. So they visit the temples and shrines in various events, including new year, wedding and funeral. Of course for sightseeing. And people pray for their good health, bumper crops, or descendants in prosperity.   Japanese traditional architectures, especially the temples, are seen as one of the streams of Chinese. But they are Read more about Japanese temples and shrines[…]