2013年7月17日水曜日

quiet place, Ikkyu-ji temple

I think the most famous monk in Japan is "Ikkyu"-san, who is known even to young children. Actually he is a son of Emperor Gokomatsu. but what made him so famous is so called Tonchi (wit ) dialogue. Those dialogues are depicted in animation films.

One famous dialogue between Shogun Yoshimitsu and Ikkyu is this.
One day, Shogun Yoshimitsu asked Ikkyu to sort out the tiger painted in folding screen because the tiger comes out of it and acts up every night.
Then Ikkyu-san answered, "OK, I will punish it so please have it out of the screen."

If you are interested in him, please click this URL
https://www.google.co.jp/search?q=%E4%B8%80%E4%BC%91%E3%81%95%E3%82%93&safe=off&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=3evlUbPTI-S0iQe60IHIBw&sqi=2&ved=0CF8QsAQ&biw=1304&bih=659

Ikkyu-ji temple was located a little away from the city Because of it, this temple is very quiet.


This is the path to the entrance.
Nobody was there, just walking along this path made my mind quiet.


This stones represent the imaginary mountain called Horai-san mountain where hermits are said to be making an elixir of life. 

These rocks represent Buddha in the center and two bodhisattvas .




Ikkyu-ji temple
the nearest station,  Shin-tanabe of Kintetsu line.
and take a taxi for 5min.

admission 500 yen

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