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Kinkakuji-Temple on Fire

Kinkakuji-Temple on Fire, by Kawabata Ryūshi

Kinkakuji-Temple on Fire, by Kawabata Ryūshi On July 2, 1950, the three-storied square-shaped Golden Pavilion, a national treasure at Kinkakuji Temple (Rokuonji Temple) in Kyoto, was burned down by arson committed by a disciple of the temple. The incident, which shocked the public, was the subject of a novel by Mishima Yukio. Kawabata Ryūshi also …

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Kuon Temple at Mt. Minobu

Kuon Temple at Mt. Minobu, by Kawase Hasui

Kuon Temple at Mt. Minobu, by Kawase Hasui Title: Kuon Temple at Mt. Minobu Author: Kawase Hasui Year: 1930 Size: 36.4 cm x 24.3 cm Related artworks “Full Moon at Kankai Pavillon, Wakanoura”, by Kawase Hasui “Winter Moon at Toyamagahara,” by Kawase Hasui “Night moon, sailboat, and sea”, by Kawase Hasui “Honmon-ji Temple in Ikegami”, …

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Omuro, Ninnaji Temple, Kyoto, by Yoshida Hiroshi

Omuro Temple, Kyoto, by Yoshida Hiroshi Title: Omuro, Ninnaji Temple, Kyoto Author: Yoshida Hiroshi Year: 1940 Size: 39.9 cm x 27 cm Related artworks “Glittering Sea” by Yoshida Hiroshi “Goshikibara” by Yoshida Hiroshi “Avenue of Cherry Trees”, by Yoshida Hiroshi “Dancing Fox”  by Ohara Koson “A flycatcher on snake gourd”  by Ohara Koson If you …

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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 …

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Japanese culture in Nara Period. The Tenpyo Culture

Nara Period and the ancient capital, Heijo-kyo In 710, the capital in Asuka Period was moved to Nara. It was the end of Asuka Period and the start of the completely different time. The new capital was named as Heijo-kyo(平城京). And the leaders at that time planned to imitate the regime of China. So they made Heijo-kyo resembled Chang’an. …

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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 …

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