Friday, October 24, 2008

Shoden-ji Temple (Kyoto)

Shoden-ji Temple is rather obscure but it has charm. The charm the temple holds comes from incorporating the view of Hiei-zan (Mount Hiei). The technique of borrowing a view to incorporate into the garden is called Shakkei, which means "borrowed scenery." Kobori Enshu designed the garden with Mount Hiei as the focal point. The temple is said to have been founded in 1268 and moved to its present location in 1282. Like Genko-an Temple, the main building's ceiling is made of planks from the tragedy at Fushimijo Castle.

Stone stairs leading up to Shoden-ji Temple

Main Building

Temple Altar

Temple Garden

Mount Hiei view (Shakkei)

Forest adjacent Temple

Temple Daruma

Temple Bell

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