(Kyoto-68/Toji Temple)日本美味しいもの巡り Japan delicious food and wine tour

平安京の原点、東寺(真言宗総本山「教王護国寺」)へ。遷都後の平安京では、奈良仏教の政治介入を防ぐ為、東寺・西寺のみ建立が許され、嵯峨天皇空海に東寺を、そのライバルの守敏に西寺を与えた。現存するのは東寺のみ。

重要文化財「北総門」から入り、長い参道を通る。

Went to Toji Temple (Kyoo Gokokuji Temple, the head temple of the Shingon Buddhism), the origin of Heian-kyo.  After the relocation of the capital to Heian-kyo, only Toji (east) and Saiji (west) temples were allowed to be built to prevent political intervention by Nara Buddhism.  Only Toji Temple still remains.
Entered through Important Cultural Property "Kitasomon Gate" and walked along the long approach.

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「北大門」手前に塔頭の一つ「観智院」。

One of the satellite temples, "Kanchiin", was located in front of "Hokudaimon Gate".
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国宝「御影堂(大師堂)」。秘仏とされる空海の念持仏や国宝弘法大師像が置かれている。大修繕を終え、新しい檜吹きの屋根が青空に映える。

National Treasure "Mieido (Daishi Hall)".  It houses Kukai's small statue of Buddha, the highly secret statue, and the statue of Kobo-Daishi (Kukai), National Treasure.  After a major renovation, the new cypress-blown roof shined in the blue sky.
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「食堂(じきどう)」。現在の本尊は十一面観音菩薩像。

"Jikido" hall.  The current principal statue is the eleven-faced Kannon Bodhisattva.
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京都のシンボル、国宝「五重塔」。落雷等による4度の焼失の度に再建され、現在の塔は17世紀半ばの再建。

The five-story pagoda is a national treasure and a symbol of Kyoto.  The pagoda was rebuilt after being destroyed by fire four times due to lightning strikes, and the current pagoda was rebuilt in the mid-17th century.
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近くから見ると大きい。55mと日本一高い木造建築の古塔。

The pagoda looked large as viewed closely, and is the tallest ancient wooden structure in Japan at 55 meters.
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中心に独立した心柱が通る五重塔の耐震構造は「スカイツリー」にも採用されているらしい。

The earthquake-resistant structure of the five-story pagoda, with its independent central pillar, is used in New Tokyo Tower, "Sky Tree".
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国宝「金堂」。重要文化財の薬師三尊(薬師如来日光菩薩月光菩薩)などが配置されている。内部は撮影禁止。

National Treasure "Kondo".  Three Important Cultural Properties, the three sacred treasures of Buddhism (Bhaisajyaguru, Nikko Bodhisattva, and Gekko Bodhisattva), are placed in this hall.  No photography inside.

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重要文化財「講堂」は、僧侶が講義や説教をする場。内部に五智如来(大日如来像、阿弥陀如来像など)、五菩薩、五大明王、四天王像と梵天帝釈天の21体の仏像が配置されており、空海の立体曼荼羅ワールドが実現。イケメンも強面も癒し系もいる、見ているだけで楽しいワンダーランド。国宝と重文。

The Auditorium, an Important Cultural Property, the place for monks to give lectures and sermons.  Inside, 21 Buddhist statues: 5 high-ranking Buddhist deities (Dainichi Nyorai, Amida Nyorai, etc.), 5 bodhisattvas, 5 great kings, 4 heavenly guardians, Brahma, and Teishakuten (heavenly sovereign), creating Kukai's three-dimensional mandala world.  There were handsome men, strong men, and healers, a wonderland that was fun to look at.  National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties.

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南側に位置する八島社殿。東寺建立前から鎮座する土地の地主神(守護神)。京都では寺院と地主神社が併設される例は多い。

Yashima Shrine located on the south side of the temple.  It has been the guardian deity of the land since before Toji was built.  There are many examples of temples and Jishu-jinja shrines in Kyoto.
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帰りに自宅近くの老舗蕎麦店「招福亭」へ。

On the way home, went to a long-established soba noodle restaurant near home, "Shofukutei".

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ふわふわの京都風親子丼と茶蕎麦。

Fluffy Kyoto-style oyako-don (rice topped with chicken and egg) and tea soba noodles.
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同じくふわふわのかつ丼と茶蕎麦。

The same fluffy katsu-don and tea soba.
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常連さんがひっきりなしに訪れる、隠れた名店。温かいサービスも味もピカイチの、ホッとする場所。こんなお蕎麦屋さんが東京にも札幌にも欲しい。ご馳走さまでした。

A hidden but popular restaurant, constantly visited by regular customers.  It was a relaxing place with warm service and excellent taste.  Wished to have such soba restaurants as this in Tokyo and Sapporo.  Thank you for the meal.



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