2016年09月04日

'Shitennoji' Buddhist temple in Tennoji-ku, Osaka City, built by Prince Shotoku at the end of the 6th century, is Japan's oldest state-sponsored temple.

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A battle between 'Mononobe' clan and the allied force of 'Soga' clan and Prince Shotoku took place at the end of the 6th century. A fierce argument over an important issue if Buddhism, which was introduced into Japan from Korea in the middle of the 6th century, should be propagated all over the country, triggered this battle. The winner of this battle was Soga clan and Prince Shotoku, who stood for Buddhism protection policy as a state religion. Thereafter Prince Shotoku elected this temple for the token of his gratitude for the victory. Thus, this temple is Japan's oldest full-scale Buddhist temple together with 'Asuka-dera' in Nara.
Major buildings of this temple are laid out in a north-south straight line (inner gate - five-story pagoda - main hall - lecture hall), and these buildings are surrounded by a long corridor. This unique arrangement tells an old temple design of China and Korea in the 6th-7th century. Having suffered big damages several times since, most serious one was caused by an air-raid during the Second World War though, all the damaged buildings have been faithfully rebuilt each time to remind us of the traditional Buddhist temple in ancient times.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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