Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Nanzen-ji Temple

Nanzen-ji Temple, Kyoto

Nanzen-ji (南禅寺) temple is one of headquarters of the Nanzen-ji school of Rinzai zen sect. Originally a retired emperor's detached palace turned into a Zen temple. Like other old temples of Japan, the temple has lost original structures due to fire and war. The temple was restored by donation and the transfer of structures and many paintings from the Imperial Palace and Fushimi Castle which doesn’t exist anymore.

This is San-mon(三門) the main gate of the temple.
It is very familiar to Japanese
because of a Kabuki play about a thief.

"Hatto Hall"
where all the official rites are conducted.

"Kuri" where we enter Hojo.

Next to Kuri there is a gate
only opened for official occasions.

Go into Hojo Abbots' Quarters.

You can enjoy a bowl of green tea
in a room overlooking a pleasant garden.

This is an accompanying sweet with the temple name shown on it.
It doesn’t look good but it tastes much better than it looks.
It was yummy.

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