Posts Tagged ‘臨済宗’

Kencho-ji is ranked as the foremost of Kamakura’s five “great” Zen temples, and is apparently the oldest Zen training monastery in Japan, having been founded in 1253 (Eyewitness Travel Guides). The entrance gate is especially impressive, and the pathway to the gate is lined with cherry trees. Visitors come to say their prayers for the […]

Since everything closes for the New Year holiday in Japan, we (the Crew) decided to head out to Kamakura on New Year’s Day. In addition to having been Japan’s capital from 1185 until 1333 (the Kamakura Shogunate), Kamakura is home to several of Japan’s most beautiful and important Zen temples, several Shinto shrines (including Hachiman-gu), […]

kyoto: kodai-ji


Kodai-ji temple was founded in 1605 by Kita-no-Mandokoro (popularly known as Nene), the wife of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, in memory of her late husband. It was heavily financed by Tokugawa Ieyasu, “Hideyoshi’s chief vassal and later Shogun of Japan” (from the pamphlet). While the provenance of Kodai-ji is interesting, its most striking aspect is its beautiful […]