Visited famous temples in Uji. "Mimurotoji Temple", also known as Flower Temple or Hydrangeas Temple, was in full hydrangea season. The temple was established in the Nara period (710-794) and is located on the hillside of Meisei Mountain, one of the mountains north of the Uji River.
The "Hydrangea Rising Dragon" display consists of 600 red, white, and blue hydrangeas arranged on 60 stone steps. This is said the first time this year that hydrangeas are used to express the image of a dragon ascending to the heavens to protect a pearl of treasure, with hopes for the end of the new coronavirus.
Mimurotoji Temple was featured in a campaign by JR Tokai.
Next, went to "Uji-gami Shrine", a World Heritage Site located at the foot of Asahiyama on the east bank of the Uji River. The hall of worship and the main shrine are the oldest shrine buildings in Japan.
The hall of worship (National Treasure) is made of Japanese cypress harvested in the early Kamakura period (1185-1333). The main shrine (a national treasure) is made of wood harvested in the late Heian period (794-1185) and consists of three halls in the Ichikensha-ryu style. The left and right halls are large and the central hall is small.
Then went to "Koshoji Temple", a Soto Zen temple. It was founded by Zen Master Dogen as a fundamental dojo, but was later moved to Echizen Eiheiji. The temple was rebuilt in Uji by Nagai Naomasa, an old official of the Shogunate. Kotosaka entrance and the precincts were beautifully maintained.
Ended the day at "Manpuji Temple", the main temple of the Őbaku sect of Zen Buddhism. Founded in 1661 by Zen master Ingen, a high priest of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism who came to Japan from China in the early Edo period. Named after Mount Őbaku's Manpuku-ji Temple in Fukien Province, where he was the abbot.
In the precincts of the temple, there is a huge Chinese-style temple complex, which is very exotic and looks a little strange. Can also experience the culture of the time, such as the Chinese-style vegetarian cuisine called "fucha cuisine" and "bonbai," a sutra read in Chinese rhyme.
Manpukuji Temple was featured in a campaign by JR Tokai.
In the evening, went to the Nishiki Market's "Inoue Tsukudani Shop", which closed its doors after 135 years in 2019, and was revived inside Friend Foods in 2020.
When Inoue Tsukudani Shop was operating in Nishiki Market, used to go there to buy their foods. Some of the delicatessen products from that time were restored at Friend Foods.
Also bought "Jokigen", a sake from Ishikawa.
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