(Kyoto-99/Tofukuji Temple)日本美味しいもの巡り Japan delicious food and wine tour

午後、紅葉の名所「東福寺」へ。正式には慧日山東福寺、臨済宗東福寺派大本山京都五山第4位。

東福寺とは、当時隆盛を誇っていた奈良の東大寺の東と興福寺の福の2つの字をとってつけた、今で言うとキラキラネーム。まず臥雲橋へ。

In the afternoon, went to Tofukuji Temple, a famous place for viewing autumn leaves.  Officially Enichisan Tofukuji Temple and the head temple of the Tofukuji sect of the Rinzai Buddhism.
The name "Tofukuji" was derived from the characters "To" in Todaiji Temple and "Fuku" in Kofukuji Temple, both were super powers in Nara at that time.  It was a bizarre name.  First, went to Gaunkyo Bridge.

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臥雲橋から通天橋と紅葉を望む。かつて東福寺には多くの桜があったが、僧明兆(みんちょう)が、桜が咲くと人々が浮かれて遊興の場となる、と将軍足利義持に懸念を伝え、感心した義持が桜を全て伐採し、代わりに紅葉を植えたらしい。なんともコメントしづらい出来事。

View of Tsutenkyo Bridge and autumn leaves from Gaunkyo Bridge.  There used to be many cherry trees at Tofukuji Temple, but the monk Mincho conveyed his concern to the Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimochi that when the cherry trees bloomed, people got too happy and the temple became a place for entertainment.  Yoshimochi was so impressed and cut down all the cherry trees and planted momiji trees instead.  Hard to comment on this.
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日下門(にっかもん)へ続く道にも紅葉。

Autumn leaves on the road leading to Nikkamon.
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禅堂(右)。臨済宗は3大禅宗の一つ。

Zen Hall (right).  Rinzai Buddhism was one of the three major Zen schools.
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本堂周辺と紅葉。

Autumn leaves around the main hall.
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東福寺塔頭「天徳院」。正式には萬松山天徳院。天徳院に居住し南禅寺の僧で、豊臣家から重用された清韓(せいかん)が、豊臣家の繁栄を願い方広寺の梵鐘の銘文「国家安康」を入れ込みし、豊臣家の滅亡のきっかけを作った。天徳院は取り潰され、明治元年になって再建。当時南禅寺には俊才清韓のライバルで徳川家のアドバイザーでもあった金地院崇伝がおり、清韓の企みを見抜いた。

Tentokuin Temple, a satellite temple of Tofukuji Temple.  Officially, Banshozan Tentokuin.  Seikan, a priest of Nanzenji Temple who lived in Tentokuin and was loved by the Toyotomi family, created the inscription "Kokka Anko (national peace)" on the bell of Hokoji Temple, hoping for the prosperity of the Toyotomi family, which led to the downfall of the Toyotomi family.  Tentokuin was demolished and rebuilt later in the Meiji era.  At the time, Konchiin Suden, a rival of the brilliant Seikan and an advisor to the Tokugawa family, was also at Nanzenji and saw through Seikan's intention.

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中門から。東福寺は紅葉の時期には混んで付近の駐車場が足りなくなり、あまりゆっくりはできない。

From  Nakamon Gate.  Tofukuji Temple was not a relaxing place to visit during the season of autumn leaves because of its crowdedness and the shortage of parking spaces in the vicinity.
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夕方は六条新町の老舗蕎麦店「招福亭」へ。自宅近くなのでよく寄らせて頂く。常に地元の方々などで混んでいる名店。

In the evening, went to "Shofukutei", a long-established soba restaurant in Rokujo Shinmachi.  It is near the house, so often stop by there.  The restaurant was always crowded with local people.
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親子丼とうどん。

Oyakodon and udon.
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たまご丼と茶蕎麦。京都のたまご丼はホクホクしていて、本当に美味しい。こんなお店が近くにあると良いなあ。ご馳走さまでした。

Tamagodon and Chasoba.  Tamagodon, egg rice bowl, in Kyoto was really delicious and juicy.  Wish there was a restaurant like this nearby.  Thank you for the meal.
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