Friday, May 16, 2014

Izumo 33 Kannon Pilgrimage Temple 15 Koanji


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Koan-ji was founded in the early 8th Century, Tempyo 11. Now it is a Soto sect zen temple.

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Originally it belonged to the Hosso sect, one of the 6 original sects based in Nara.

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It was the family temple for one of the retainers of the Amago clan who ruled the area before being ousted by the Mori.

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It is not known how old the wonderful ceiling painting of a dragon is, b ut it is obviously old.

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It is the last temple of the pilgrimage in the Hi River watershed.

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