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Daiippo-mon Gate at Sofukuji (Nagasaki Japan) | by musicmuse_ca
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Daiippo-mon Gate at Sofukuji (Nagasaki Japan)

This is the famous Ming gate of Sofukuji temple in Nagasaki. This temple was established by several important Chinese Buddhist monks who were escaping persecution by the Ming rulers in China. They fled to the Chinese community in Nagasaki Japan and established the Obaku school of Zen Buddhism in Nagasaki. Sofukuji was founded by Choen, a Chinese monk of the Ming dynasty.


This gate was built in Fujian China in 1629, and transported to Nagasaki for this temple while it was being built. The gate is said to be built in the image of a legendary Chinese underwater paradise. The raised lettering was from the brush of the Zen Master Ingen, a high priest of China who had entered Kofukuji temple.


This is the oldest building in Nagasaki.

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Taken on March 3, 2006