2016年12月23日

'Hasedera' Buddhist Temple in Kamakura, although the principal buildings of it were leveled in the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, is one of the leading old temples in Kamakura.

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According to the oral tradition, a pair of Buddhist images were carved out of one big trunk of a camphor tree for the sake of Hasedera Buddhist Temple in Nara in 736. One image was for this temple and the other one was washed out to sea. 15 years later, the latter one drifted to the coast of Kamakura and the locals erected Hasedera in Kamakura to enshrine this miracle Buddhist image. This story is untrustworthy though, lots of evidence showing that this temple already existed in the 13th-14th century are found. One piece of those evidence is the inscription of the old temple bell reading that the bell was made in 1264 and the old name of this temple was 'New Hasedera'. The main image of this temple which is said coming all the way from Nara, is difficult to estimate when it was made since too many traces of repair works are found though, it seems to be carved in the 15th century. This temple is built along the hillside, accordingly you can enter from 'Sanmon' gate in the first picture to ascend a flight of the open-air stairs through beautiful gardens up to 'Kannondo' main building as shown in the second picture. The main image of this temple, about 9 meters high, which is one of the largest wooden Buddhist images in Japan, is enshrined in this building.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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