2017年07月07日

'Motsuji' Buddhist Temple in Iwate Prefecture is one of the five structural elements of 'Hiraizumi' which is placed on the World Heritage List.

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Hiraizumi Town, in the northern part of Iwate Prefecture, is dotted with various Buddhist temples and gardens which was built based on the *'jodo belief'.
*Jodo Belief was the old belief that the Pure Land can be reached through prayer.
'Oshu Fujiwara' clan, who ruled 'Tohoku' district over three generations in the 11th-12th century, elaborately incarnated the Paradise in Hiraizumi Town. They established several huge Buddhist temples and gardens, and Motsuji Temple is a leading example together with Chusonji Temple. It is said that more than 500 buildings used to stand around the central pond 'Oizumi-ga-Ike' as shown in the first picture. This beautiful pond, which was designed faithfully following 'Sakuteiki' instruction manual for gardening in those years, expresses a beauty of heavenly seacoast. The second picture shows a stream, which represents a river flowing into an ocean. The scenery woven by the stream and pond is likened to the world of the Pure Land of Amida Buddha.

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Masahisa Takaki.

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