D: Buddhist temple


Kamakura Great Buddha at Kotokuin temple in Kamakura city

The construction of Kamakura Great Buddha was begun in 1252, and the original statue has never required restoration.  Therefore, it has a great historical and cultural value.

According to the history book, Azuma kagami, written in the early 14 century, this Great Buddha was made by donations collected by a monk, Jyoko.

There are very few historical documents about the statue, hence details about the Great Buddha remain unknown, such as the reason for building it, and its completion date.

Today, Kamakura Great Buddha is sitting outside without its hall. However, originally, the hall existed. According to books written in the 14th century, Taiheiki and Kamakura Dai nikki, the Kamakura Great Buddha hall was damaged by strong winds in 1369 and the completely destroyed by a great earthquake in 1498.



Fukagawa Fudodo temple in Tokyo Japan

Fukagawa Fudodo is the Tokyo branch of Naritasan Shinshoji temple in Narita-city Chiba-prefecture.




It is said that Fukagawa Fudodo was established when the main Buddhist statue of Naritasan Shinshoji temple was brought to Edo for a special exhibition in 1703. The event was supported by the mother of the fifth Shogun Tsunayoshi and many people came to see the statue. After that, the exhibition was held many times in Edo. As a matter of fact,the statue was carved by Kobo-daishi who was a fondar of Shingon sect in the Heian period.


In the early Meiji era, Edo worshippers insisted on establishing an official branch of Naritasan Shinshoji temple in Fukagawa. As a result, Fukagawa Fudodo was established in 1881.


People believe that the main Buddhist statue enshrined in Fukagawa Fudodo todayshares the same soul with the main statue of Naritasan Shinshoji temple.


The original temple was burnt by the fire after the great Kanto earthquake in 1923. Although the building was rebuilt in 1928, it was burnt again by the air raids of World War II in 1945. Fortunately, the statue of the temple was protected by the monks. After the air raids, the statue was sent to Naritasan Shinshoji-temple.In 1950, Fukagawa Fudodo was rebuilt and the statue was brought back.










A new room for the
Buddhist statue was constructed in 2002 and the new main building was completed
in 2012.




The new main building's walls are covered
with words of Fudo Myoo written in








Sensoji-temple at Asakusa in Tokyo

According to a legend, this temple was built in 628.

It is the oldest temple in Tokyo.


It is said that when two fishermen fished in the Sumida River,

they found a Cannon statue, and then a wealthy landlord enshrined the Cannon here.



The Thunder gate at Asakusa in Tokyo


This is the Kaminarimon gate, it means thunder gate.


This is a gate of Sensouji-temple and a symbol of Asakusa.

Inside of the gate, there are wooden statues. Right side of it is the wind god. Left side of it is the thunder god. They are guardian gods of this temple.

The original gate was built in the 10th century. However the gate was burnt several times over the centuries. Today's gate was built in 1960 donated by Konosuke Matsushita who was one of the most famous Japanese business men.


Tsukiji-Honganji-Temple at Tsukji in Tokyo

This is a Buddhist temple.


The temple was originally built at Asakusa in 1617. However, the building was burned down by the big fire in 1657. The temple was not allowed to be reconstructed atthe original place, because the Shogunate government renovated the city planning for fire prevention.

The temple was rebuilt at Tsukiji. In 1923, the temple was burned again by the fire caused by the great Kanto earthquake. In 1934, the current main building was built. Thestructure is very unique. It combines Indian and Japanese Buddhism styles, and it has aGerman pipe organ. Free pipe organ concerts are held monthly. This temple acts as acommunity center for citizens.

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