2010年08月09日

The ancient city 'Kamakura', the de facto capital of Japan in the 13th century, is proud of 'Engaku-ji' temple ranked as the second position among the five largest temples in the city.

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The 'Engaku-ji' temple was built by the regent 'Hojo' family to mourn for the death in the Mongolian Expedition against Japan so called 'Genko' in the 13th century. This temple features the impartial memorial service for the war dead on both sides, Japan and Mongol. The 'San-mon' temple gate in the picture above and other major buildings were rebuilt in the 17th and 18th century, while the 'Shari-den' reliquary hall in the picture below, a typical 'Zen' style structure supposed to be built in the 15th century, is designated a national treasure. This reserved building is said to house the feretory of the Buddha although it is not usually open to the public. The sutra chanted by training priests sometimes reaches our ears from adjacent seminary for the Buddhist priesthood.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久。

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