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Sanjusangen-do Temple

The official name of the temple is Rengeo-in or Hall of the Lotus King. It was built in 1164. The original temple building was lost in fire, but was reconstructed in 1266. The long temple hall, which is about 120 meters long, is made in the Wayo style architecture. As there are 33 spaces between the columns, this temple came to be called "Sanjusangen-do" (a hall with 33 spaces between the columns).

The principal images of Sanjusangen-do temple are the 1001 statues of the Buddhist deity Kannon. 1000 standing statues of Kannon and one gigantic seated statues, placed at the center of the standing statues are housed in the temple hall. The statues are made of Japanese cypress.

The 28 images placed in a straight line in front of the 1001 Kannon statues are guardian deities. Many of them have their origin in ancient India. There are also two famous statues of Thunder God and Wind God.


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Yogen-in Temple

This is a temple established in 1594 by Yododono, concubine of Hideyoshi Toyotomi, for the memorial service for her father Nagamasa Asai; Hoin Seihaku (cousin of Nagamasa) was designated as the founder of the temple. Nagamasa's Buddhist name "Yogen'in" was used for the temple name.

The ceiling on the corridor of the main hall was originally used for the floor of Fushimi Castle and still shows the blood of Mototada Torii and other samurai warriors who fought to defend Fushimi Castle under the command of leyasu Tokugawa and committed suicide in the end of the fight as they lost. It was moved here to appease their spirits and is popularly known as the "blood ceiling".

The drawing on the doors made of Japanese cedar an fusuma the traditional sliding door (both designated as important cultural assets) were produced by Sotatsu Tawaraya. You can see such animals as Chinese lions, white elephants and giraffes on these cedar doors. They are full of originality and freshness, and are used in art education textbooks for junior high school and high school students.

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Higashi Otani Mausoleum

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Kennin-ji Temple

Kennin-ji, a historic Zen Buddhist temple, was founded in 1202.

When first built, the temple contained seven principal buildings. It has suffered from fires through the centuries, and was rebuilt. Today Kennin-ji's buildings include the Abbot’s Quarters (Hojo); the Dharma Hall (Hatto); a tea house and the Imperial Messenger Gate (Chokushimon). It also has fourteen subtemples on the Kennin-ji precincts and about seventy associated temples throughout Japan.

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