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Nanzen-ji temple complex description and photos - Japan: Kyoto. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. The name in English is Nanzen-ji.
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There are approximately 1600 Buddhist temples in Kyoto, including five of them called great. In 1386, control of the five great temples (Kyoto Gozan) was transferred to Nanzen-ji Temple, and since then it has been at the heart of Japanese Zen Buddhism. The shrine is the main temple of the Nanzen-ji school of the Rinzai. Its history began with the construction of a villa, which was built for Emperor Kameyama in the 13th century, and he turned it into a Buddhist temple in 1293.
The buildings of the Dai-hojo temple complex (the abbot's house) and Ko-hojo are made in architectural style shinden-zukuri and are a national treasure of Japan. The partitions in these rooms are decorated with paintings by the artist Kano, including the famous story "Tiger drinking water".
The gates of the Sanmon Ensemble depict scenes from a kabuki production about the Japanese legendary ninja, Ishikawa Goemon. The height of the gate is 30 meters, and a wonderful view of Mount Hiei opens from their terrace. Another gate leads to the temple - Hatto.
One of the small temples of the Nanzen-ji ensemble - Tenjuan - was built in memory of the founder of Daiminkokushi in 1336-1337. Many buildings of the complex were destroyed during military clashes, but they were restored by the beginning of the 16th century and have survived in this form to the present day.
There are two gardens on the territory of the temple complex. The East Rock Garden is located in front of the main hall. Its stones resemble tigers and tiger cubs frolicking. The southern one is considered a garden for walks, in its center there are two reservoirs. The appearance of both gardens has remained virtually unchanged since the 14th century. A western-style aqueduct leads to the complex.
The temple is also famous for the fact that in 1937, perhaps the longest party in shogi took place here, lasting a week. Shogi is a chess-type logic game and is also called the "game of generals". The game between Yoshio Kimura and Sankichi Sankata was named "The Battle of Nanzen-ji".
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