June 25, 2017

Curtain of the Founder's Hall

Higashi Hongan-ji Temple, Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto
Fujifilm Finepix X100

From the website of the temple: The most important place in the temple complex, where the image of the founder Shinran (親鸞) is enshrined. It is the center of worship for the Shinshū Ōtani-ha (真宗大谷派) branch of Shin Buddhism (浄土真宗, Jōdo Shinshū). This hall is located at the center of the precincts and is one of the largest wooden structures in the world, being 76 m (250 ft.) in length, 58 m (190 ft.) in width, 38 m (125 ft.) in height. Within this hall, on either side of Shinran's image, there are portraits of the previous abbots (門主, monshu) and two scrolls, one with ten Chinese characters and the other with nine, extolling the virtues of taking refuge in Amida Buddha (阿弥陀仏). The most recent construction of this hall began in 1879 with its completion in 1895. The roof tiles, which total about 175,000, were handmade and donated by this denomination's followers in Mikawa, Aichi Prefecture (愛知県三河地方).

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