Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Mimurotoji Temple

Believed to have been built in the 8th century, Mimurotoji is famous as the 10th of the "33 Holy Places of the Western Country," a series of temples dedicated to Kannon which used to be a popular pilgramage route in ancient times. In this temple's main sanctuary are a gilt-bronze statue of the Thousand-Armed Kannon, a statue of Shakyamuni, and a statue of Bishamonten.

This temple is also notable for its Muromachi-period (1333-1568) karesansui waterless rock and sand garden and its kaiyu-style garden ("many-pleasure" style garden for strolling) full of colorful azaleas, rhododendrons and hydrangeas. There is a stone monument in the temple grounds dedicated to the tragic Ukifune, a character in the Uji Chapters of the Tales of Genji, and another inscribed with a poem by Matsu Basho.

Hand prints of famous Sumo Wrestlers who visited the Temple

Prayer Wheel

Mimurotoji Temple from Tales of Genji


Tornadoes28 said...

I am familiar with the 33 Kannon pilgrimage. It is my understanding that it is still popular, but with bus riding retirees.

Tony Mariani said...

Thanks for the comment. At least the bus riding retirees still are making an effort. I suspect there is still an honest pilgrim out there.