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Sakura and ume blooming together. Myoho-in in Kyoto, Japan is not the tourist destination many places there have become. However, it still holds some historical significance. Myoho-in was founded in 1160 and was a Monzeki temple of the Tendai sect. The Monzeki priests always had strong ties to the imperial court. This temple also served as the temporary imperial palace after the original was destroyed by fire. Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who is buried in the nearby Hokkoku Honbyo, built the priests' quarters here in 1595. Myoho-in runs the operations of Sanjusangen-do.


Sangjusangen-do was built by Taira Kiyomori for Emperor Go-Shirakawa in 1164. It is owned by Myoho-in and belongs to the Tendai sect of Buddhism. The hondo contains 1001 Kannon statues that are each five feet tall--it is quite a remarkable sight. Of these, 124 are from the original temple, and date back to the 12th century (others date back to the 13th century). There are ten rows; each containing fifty statues. The main Buddha image resides in the middle. Aside from containing the Kannon images it is so famous for, this structure was originally part of Emperor Go-Shirakawa's Hojuji Palace.


Myoho-in. Higashiyama, Kyoto.

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Taken on March 27, 2007