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Chion-in (知恩院 ) , Kyoto, main gate (Sanmon)

New street renovation in front of the main entrance which gives new perspectives.

 

Chion-in (知恩院 ) in Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Japan is the headquarters of the Jodo Shu (Pure Land Sect) founded by Hōnen (1133–1212), who proclaimed that sentient beings are reborn in Amida Buddha's Western Paradise (Pure Land) by reciting the nembutsu, Amida Buddha's name

The colossal main gate, the Sanmon, was built in 1619 and is the largest surviving structure of its kind in Japan. Chion-in has a large and small guest houses in the irimoya roof style called Ohojo and Kohojo that are designated Important Cultural Heritages. Both guest houses were built in 1641.

There are two interesting features to note about Chion-in. First, the roof beams are all carved with the family crest of the Tokugawa family: three hollyhock leaves.

Source: Wikipedia)

The stairs beyond the gate is where a scene of the Last samurai occured.

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Taken on June 5, 2011