2016年11月01日

'Jakkoin' in Ohara, Kyoto, built in the 6th century, is one of the oldest nunneries in Japan.

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Jakkoin, which is said to be built by 'Prince Shotoku' in 594, is widely known as a nunnery, where 'Kenreimonin' went into seclusion to devote herself to Buddhism. Kenreimonin was the mother of Emperor Antoku, who passed away in the 'Battle of Dannoura' fought between two big powers, 'Genji family' and 'Heike family', in 1185. She shut herself up in this nunnery together with her lady attendants to pray for the repose of her son and all the Heike family throughout her lifetime.
As shown in the pictures, the temple itself is compact though, the well-kept garden with graceful surroundings is beautiful all the year, but autumn leaves in November is recommended in particular.
The main building in the first picture was unfortunately lit intentionally in 2000, however it was rebuilt in 2005.
By the way, 'Shibazuke' pickled vegetables, which is one of the leading specialities in Kyoto, was born here.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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