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[…]

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[…]

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.     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.  There are seven Read more about Buddhist temples in Nara. World Heritage[…]