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Daiun-in: Gion-kaku

Daiun-in is an often over-looked temple in the Higashi-yama area of Kyoto. It is dedicated to the famous warlord Oda Nobunaga and his eldest son, Nobutada, who committed seppuku in 1582 when Akechi forces betrayed the Oda at Honno-ji and Nijo Castle. Daiun-in is also the site of Ishikawa Goemon's grave (1558-1594). It is believed the infamous thief was boiled alive after attempting to assassinate Toyotomi Hideyoshi.

 

The most famous element of the temple is Gion-kaku, which is patterned after the yamaboko floats used in the Gion Matsuri. It was commissioned by entrepreneur Kihachiro Okura (1837-1928), who was heavily involved as a collector of artifacts. He is responsible for Japan's first private museum, Okura Shukokan.

 

Daiun-in. Higashiyama, Kyoto.

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Taken on March 30, 2009