(Kyoto-71/Shokokuji Temple)日本美味しいもの巡り Japan delicious food and wine tour


Visited "Shokokuji Temple", the head temple of the Shokokuji sect of Rinzai Buddhism. This temple is the second rank of the five temples in Kyoto.  During the reign of Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, it was ranked first, ahead of Tenryuji.



Shokokuji Temple has a vast site on the north side of the Kyoto Imperial Palace.  When Ashikaga Yoshimitsu built the temple, it was even larger.  "The Kinkakuji Temple", "Ginkakuji Temple", and "Shinnyoji Temple" are all Shokokuji Temple's satellite temples.



"Zuishunin" is a onsite satellite temple known for being the setting of an autobiographical novel by author Mizukami Tsutomu, who wrote about his childhood as an apprentice monk.  Based on the life of the chief priest, Yamamori Shoan, and his wife, Tatsuko, "Gan-no-tera (Temple of Wild Geese)" depicts the depravity of the Zen temple.  When it was first published, there was a backlash from the Buddhist community, but now the temple calls itself Gan-no-tera.  Shoan died in a traffic accident in Kawaramachi Matsubara.



It is not open to the public, but was beautifully maintained.


Sotan Inari Shrine, located on the grounds of Shokokuji Temple, enshrines a fox that was said transformed into Sen-no-Sotan (grandson of Sen-no-Rikyu).  The white fox lived here became a monk and practiced Zen meditation, and became Sotan and played tea and Go with great skills.


Important Cultural Property "Hatto" Hall.  The original hall was destroyed by fire and was rebuilt in 1605 with contributions from Toyotomi Hideyori.  The oldest existing Buddhist temple in Japan.


On the ceiling of Hatto Hall, there was a painting of a dragon by Mitsunobu Kano.  It is also known as a crying dragon, a dragon that stares at people in all directions with its eyes chasing them.


Shokokuji Temple had a close relationship with Ito Jakuchu, the notable painter.  Jakuchu donated money to the temple during the Meiji era (1868-1912), when Shokokuji temple was suffering from the abolition of Buddhism.  Jakuchu's exhibition was being held at the "Jotenkaku Art Museum".



Went to "Kamigoryo Shrine", just north of Shokokuji Temple.  This area used to be the site of Shokokuji Temple.


The shrine was originally established in 794 during the reign of Emperor Kammu, when the spirit of Prince Sawara was enshrined here to exterminate a plague.  In 1467, the "Battle of Kamigoryo Shrine" led to the outbreak of the "Onin War" that lasted for 11 years, and it was also the beginning of the Warring States Period that lasted for about 150 years until the Osaka Summer War in 1615.



On the way home, found a bottle of Grüner Veltliner (white) from Australia and bought it to enjoy the long autumn nights in Kyoto, where the summer heat still lingers.





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