2017年07月15日

'Konjikido' Golden Hall of 'Chusonji' Buddhist Temple in Iwate Prefecture, which realizes the land of Perfect Bliss, is an inexpressively amazing building.

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Chusonji Buddhist Temple, a pivotal structural element forming World Heritage 'Hiraizumi', features Konjikido Golden Hall. This Golden Hall stands out above the rest of many other historical buildings of Chusonji. Being built in 1124 by 'Fujiwara Kiyohira', the first generation of 'Oshu Fujiwara' clan, the coffins of four successive heads of the clan had been enshrined here. The bodies of them are mummified in these coffins. With the gilded coffins, gilded Buddhist statues and gilded interior finishing materials, they are also inlaid with turban shells, ivory and gems, Golden Hall has a tremendous capacity to charm people. These stunning decorations aim at the expression of the Earthly Paradise for the dead people of the clan, hoping they can go to Paradise as soon as they passed away. As shown in the picture, Konjikido Golden Hall is entirely covered with a concrete building. Taking a picture of the Hall is prohibited though, it's worth a look.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 15:05 | Tohoku | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

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.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,]
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 16:16 | Tohoku | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2017年05月22日

'Seikan Renrakusen' meaning the railway ferry operating on the Tsugaru Strait between Aomori City and Hakodate City discontinued its navigation in 1988.

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Seikan Renrakusen connecting Honshu main island and Hokkaido island went into service in 1908. It reached the golden age in 1972 making 30 round-trips a day though, the number of passengers and the quantity of freight gradually decreased thereafter due to the development of air transportation as well as the long distance ferry from Tokyo direct to Hokkaido. The completion of the 'Seikan Tunnel' running between the two islands terminated 80 year old Seikan Renrakusen in 1988. Two ferryboats are preserved for display purpose in Aomori Port and Hakodate Port respectively. The two pictures show the maneuvering room and freight room for railway vehicles of 'Hakkoda-Maru' ferryboat open to the public in Aomori Port.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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