Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Iyama Hofuku-Ji

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Hofuku-Ji is a rather nice and peaceful temple to the north of Soja in Okayama, a short diversion off of the Kibi Bike Path.

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Originally it was a Tendai temple but in 1232 became a Rinzai Zen Temple.

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The great zen artist and gardener Sesshu was born near here and it was to Hofuku-Ji that he was sent as a child to begin his training for the priesthood. The famous story of Sesshu and the rat is set here.

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The grounds and the gardens are very pleasant, and are particularly enjoyable with the fall colors.

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The three storey pagoda is registered as an important cultural asset.

3 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous place. Nice to know that there are bike paths here and there.

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  2. These pictures and this place look exquisite.

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  3. Wonderful places!
    I wish I was there...So peaceful!!!

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