Went to "Manshuin Temple" in Ichijoji. Manshuin is a temple of the Tendai sect, also known as the small "Katsura Imperial Villa". Along with Seirenin, Sanzenin, Myohoin, and Bishamondo Monzeki, it is one of the five Tendai Monzeki (associated to emperor) temples. "Manshu" means "effective medicine" or "love" in Sanskrit.
The present Manshuin Temple was built in 1656 by Prince Ryoshohou, who moved the temple from Rakuchu (downtown Kyoto) to the present location. Prince Ryoshohou was the second son of Prince Tomohito of Hachijo Family(the first Katsura Family), who built the Katsura Imperial Villa, and the younger brother of Prince Tomotada (the second Katsura Family). Like his father and brother, Prince Yoshihito seemed excellent in the tea ceremony, flower arrangement, calligraphy, and landscaping, and his aesthetic sense is reflected in many parts of the architecture and gardens, such as the shelves, transoms, and metal fittings of the large and small Shoin (important cultural properties), which are called sukiya-style Shoin. For example, the railings in the Fuji Room have a design of chrysanthemums, and the details were wonderful. These were made in the same workshop of Katsura Imperial Villa. There are also sliding door paintings by Kano Tanyu and Yellow Fudo, so there is a lot to see here.
Owl's hand basin. The moon light was reflected in the surface of the water, and the shimmering moon on the white wall was appreciated.
The famous "Hassouken Tea House" is an important cultural property built in the Edo period. It is one of the three most famous tea ceremony rooms in Kyoto, together with Hassoseki Tea House at Konchiin, Nanzenji Temple, and Bousenseki at Kohouan, Daitokuji Temple. Hasso (eight windows) represents the eight life phases of Buddhism.
Manshuin was featured in a campaign by JR Tokai.
Visited the nearby "Saginomori Shrine". The shrine was built in the Heian period, and its name comes from the fact that the forest was crowded with herons, as the messengers of the gods.
Initially, the shrine was enshrined near Akayama Myojin at the foot of Mount Hiei, but due to the Onin War, it was moved to the mountain forest of Shugakuin Imperial Villa. Due to the construction of the villa, the shrine was moved to its current location and is now loved by the locals as the shrine of Shugakuin and Yamabata.
Went to "Jakkoin Temple" in Ohara. It is a nunnery of the Tendai sect and is said built by Prince Shotoku in 594 to mourn the death of his father, Emperor Yomei.
Climbing up the stairs, came to a beautiful gate.
The main hall. The air here was full of freshness.
The site of the hermitage where Kenreimonin, daughter of Taira Kiyomori, empress of Emperor Takakura, and mother of Emperor Antoku, spent her last years.
In the pond next to the main hall, bright colored carp were swimming around quietly.
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