Went to Higashi (east) Honganji Temple of the Shinshu's Otani school. Goeido (Founder's Hall) is one of the largest wooden buildings in the world, larger in width and depth than the existing Daibutsuden at Todaiji Temple, which shows the financial strength of the faction. The Shinshu's Otani school is one of the sects of Jodo Shinshu, founded by the monk Shinran (1173-1262), a disciple of Honen. Shinshu doesn't require commandments such as "no eat meat" or "no marry a wife," but requires faith in Buddha. The concept of "quick salvation," where one can be led to Heaven by "believing into Buddha," regardless of one's deeds in this life, was broadly accepted by many people. In the 16th century Jodo Shinshu was divided into the Otani school and the Honganji school, seemingly due to various political backgrounds.
Amida Hall and Kyoto Tower in the background. The Kyoto Tower, a masterpiece designed by architect Mamoru Yamada, was completed in 1964, the same year the Tokaido Shinkansen train line opened and the Tokyo Olympics were held. At 131 meters high (the current height limit is 31 meters), it is taller than the 55-meter five-story pagoda of Toji Temple. It has been 56 years since it became a symbol of the gateway to Kyoto.
It's been a while since visited "Szechuan" last time, a Chinese restaurant in the hotel. Started with an appetizer of Bang Bang chicken.
Dried scallop soup and steamed shrimp dumpling.
Main dish 1, Mapo Tofu. It was spicy and tasty with lots of Chinese pepper. Ate three bowls of rice.
Main dish 2, Chinese-style beef and green peppers stir fry.
Main dish 3, Pork fillet's Sweet-and-sour pork made with black vinegar.
Two kinds of dim sum. Shrimp dumpling and boiled dumpling.
Crispy fried noodles with Chinese sauce.
Mango pudding and tapioca coconut milk for dessert. These two were perfect as always. Szechuan's lunch is the favorite, with good volume, good taste, and good price. Thanks for the good meal.
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