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    Taisekiji Temple

    by cheesecake17 Updated Feb 4, 2006

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    The temple is located on the lower slopes of Mt Fuji in the city of FUJINOMIYA....It was founded in 1290 by a Monk called NIKKO who was one of Nichiren's Immediate disciples...
    It stared with one small temple building built by NIKKO but thru out the years more and more building where added by NIKKO'S disciples....

    HISTORY OF TAISEKIJI


    NICHIREN SHONIN

    Nichiren Shonin, the founder of the Nichiren Shu was born on February 16, 1222 n. At age 11, his parents sent him to Seichoji-Temple to study. From an early age, he began to wonder why there were so many schools of Buddhism, while the Buddhism expounded by Sakyamuni Buddha was but one?

    He was ordained a priest at Seichoji Temple at the young age of 15. After considerable study of the Buddhist schools, Nichiren Shonin concluded that the Lotus Sutra indeed represented the perfect culmination of the true teaching of the Buddha.

    EVEN THE CLOUDS OF SADNESS THAT SPREAD OVER ME WOULD BE BLOWN CLEAR AWAY BY THE WINDS OF MT. EAGLE FILLED WITH THE SOUNDS OF THE LOTUS SUTRA. -- by Nichiren Shonin Tachi Wataru

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    The Tatchu Pathway

    by cheesecake17 Updated Jan 20, 2006

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    The main pathway of Taiseki-ji is lined with 12 lodging little temples on both side..These little Inn date back to the late 13th century..

    The path was widened in 1961 when look closely you can still see the original cobble stones in the center...

    The original path was from the KUROMON gate until the MIEIDO, but this one start from the SANMON gate...still a very long way to walk....

    The path is also lined on both side by a stream and many sakuras trees which will make it worthwhile to visit in the spring..

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    What an Image.....

    by cheesecake17 Updated Jan 21, 2006

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    The MIEIDO or IMAGE HALL was originally built in 1522 and reconstructed in 1632....its the MOST decoratively stunning temple in TAISEKI-JI.......

    Enshrined in the hall is the GOHONZON which is the ......"ultimate object of veneration in Nichiren Shoshu.".......It also has a life size image of NICHIREN DAISHONIN carved in 1338.....If you wish to know more about NICHIREN DAISHONIN life (click here)......

    Being New Years holidays a time when many japanese come to temples to pray, I refrain from taking pitures inside the hall...

    The MIEIDO was designated a PREFECTURAL TANGIBLE CULTURAL ASSET in 1966.....

    Just before getting to the Mieido hall, you will see the MIEIDO BELL TOWER with a matching Drum tower opposite .....a very unsual site at a temple

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    Kyakuden...

    by cheesecake17 Updated Jan 21, 2006

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    You can reach the KYAKUDEN or RECEPTION HALL, from the DEVIL'S gate .....

    This is a very impresive building with a capacity for 5000 priest....It was built in 1465 but the current one was reconstructed in 1998.....

    Everyday at 2:30am, there is a service call USHITORA GONGYO (click) or HOUR OF THE OX TO THE HOUR OF THE TIGER....under the traditional Japanese time keeping system...

    It is believe that at that hour mark the transition from darkness to light as well as the hour at which all Buddhas attain enlightenment....

    During the ceremony which has been conducted everyday for the past 700 years , the High priest prays for the spread of Nichiren Daishonin throughout the world and for lasting world peace and happiness for all mankind....

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    the garden with a view of mt fuji

    by cheesecake17 Updated Jan 22, 2006

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    The HOSHO GARDEN I beleive is the best japanese style garden, it has MT fuji has it back drop..what more can we ask for..:).....

    This garden was completed in 1990 so its fairly new, but around the graden are important building....

    RENZO-BO was originally built in 1290 but had a few makeover over the years....the last was 1981 for the 700th anniversary of NICHIREN DAISHONIN passing.....I beleive it was a living accomodation for the Dean of Priest.....

    The TAHOZO...or treasure store house, was rebuilt in 1990....This building with its simple log style used to keep the sacred writtings of taisekiji before it was moved to the HOANDO ....The GOHONZONS(click) inscribed by the Daishonin...

    The RENYO-AN or LOTUS LEAF RETREAT, Its suppose to be the retire home to former High priest...

    The ISHI-NO-BO or ever chanting temple..when I took a look inside they were many believers chanting the Buddhist sutra, I refrain from taking pic....Dont miss the SEPPO ISHI in the garden of this hall...Its the Big stone table you see and its suppose to be where NIKKO SHONIN taught the Buddhist law

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    Simple but elegant

    by cheesecake17 Updated Jan 20, 2006

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    This simple gate is called KUROMON or black gate....It was originally built in 1522, then again in 1638....

    It was used as the traditional entrance to TAISEKI-JI until 1972......

    If you choose to go thru this gate, the 1st building you will see on your left ...Is the brand new KOFU-BO build in 1994 for the 60,000 believers that come here every year...

    It has a distinctive green roof......

    The other building are the SOICHIBO, these are for lodging....On the day I went, Jan 3 2006....They were so many tour buses and hundred of beleivers who came to spend the New year praying at the temple....Not only from Japan but from many other countries too..

    If you take a close look at both side of the gate ...there are KADOMATSU

    ..... a type of Japanese traditional decoration for the NEW YEAR...and are made of pine and bamboo, which represent longevity and wealth...You will see these not only in temples but also in regular homes....They are consider to bring good luck into the house.....

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    The size of this gate....

    by cheesecake17 Updated Jan 20, 2006

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    The size of this gate is impressive and with Mt fuji in the background just get your cam ready...:)....The SANMON is made of wood and red lacquer......Its the most outstanding gate on the TOKAIDO ROAD......

    The construction stared in 1712 by NICHIYU SHONIN and was completed in 1717...In 1966 was designated anIMPORTANT TANGIBLE CULTURAL ASSET by the Shizuoka prefecture....

    Next to the gate there is a dry garden landscape...and of course Mt fuji....

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    I dare you....

    by cheesecake17 Updated Jan 20, 2006

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    When you reach to the DEVIL GATE you can either turn left and go thru it and get to the KYAKUDEN in the main square , passing thru the DEVIL.gate.:) symbolises leaving ones devils behind and attaining Buddhahood.......I had to pass a few times to make sure all my devils were really gone..;))

    If you choose to go wright, you will see the beautiful HOSHO GARDEN or continue ahead and pass the NITTENMON or GATE OF TWO HEAVENS which will lead you the MIEIDO and the HOANDO...

    The NITTENMON was built in 1638..

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    6 chambered temple

    by cheesecake17 Updated Jan 20, 2006

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    As founder of TAISEKI-JI, NIKKO SHONIN build the MUTSU-BO hall in 1290 making it the 1st and oldest buildinig today on the grounds of TAISEKIJI....

    Mutsubo is located in the main square, next to the KYAKUDEN(reception hall)....Its known as the 6 chambered temple becuase it has the BUDDHA ROOM(gohonzon room), NIKKO'S SHONIN ROOM, an office, ASSEMBLY ROOM, kitchen and a WORSHIP ROOM..
    Where members can come and pray for deceased friends and relatives....

    The building we see today was newly reconstructed by the recent priest in 1990 to commemorate the 700 anniversary of the founding of TAISEKIJI...

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    Unopened gate...

    by cheesecake17 Updated Jan 21, 2006

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    In the main square at Taiseki-ji you will find the AKAZU-NO-MON , unopened gate ,is sometimes known as the EMPEROR'S MESSENGER GATE.....

    It is seal shut until the time of KOSEN RUFU....(click)

    .....The Japanese phrase kosen-rufu it is often used synonymously with world peace, and has been informally defined as "world peace through individual happiness." More broadly, it could be understood as a vision of social peace brought about by the widespread acceptance of core values such as unfailing respect for the dignity of human life......

    You will also find the URAMON gate with its beautiful dragon fountain.....this fountain has some nice wood carvings....

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    Shiraito Waterfall

    by taigaa001 Updated Jul 13, 2013

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    Status: A part of both UNESCO World Cultural Heritage: Mount Fuji and Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. National Monument

    When you request for visiting Shiraito Waterfall one of the major scenic sights in Japan, Japanese tour operators may make faces just as if you asked the wrong question. Because of 2011 Earthquake and a number of effort to eliminate anything that hinder the great sights, construction works has been under way and it will not finish until December 2013. You can currently see the waterfall from the distance, but it is not the best shot.

    The waterfall with white streaks of water seeping down from the chasms of volcanic rock has been one of the sights which represents the beauty of Japan. The reason why the waterfall became a part of World Cultural Heritage is that this place used to be one of the sites practitioners of Mount Fuji Shugendo(fusion of Buddhism and Shintoism) used for purification and training.

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    Myorenji Temple

    by Rabbityama Written Jul 20, 2010

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    Myorenji is a small temple that, like Taisekiji, is connected to Nichiren Shoshu. It was first built in 1324. Outside the temple there are many cherry blossoms, and there is also a great view of Mount Fuji from the fields.

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    Taisekiji Temple

    by Rabbityama Written Jul 20, 2010

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    Taisekiji Temple is the head temple of Nichiren Shoshu, a sect of Buddhism. It was founded in 1290 by Nikko, a disciple of Nichiren. The complex features many buildings, a small garden, and beautiful cherry blossoms in the spring.

    Some of the temple buildings are only open to believers. They also have accommodations only for believers. Do NOT attempt to enter the hoando (main temple building) if you do not belong to this faith; all who enter must be believers, and those who are not are to be converted right there.

    It is free to roam the temple grounds.

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    Taisekiji Temple's Treasure House

    by Rabbityama Written Jul 21, 2010

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    Taisekiji Temple Treasure House

    The treasure house at Taisekiji Temple is only open to believers. I am not a member of the religion, but I was able to enter. One of the main focuses of the exhibit is that of propagation, so there are a lot of pictures of people from other countries who they have converted to Nichiren Buddhism. They also have small displays for each country with small knick-knacks from that country inside a case to showcase the growth of their faith.

    Concerning their actual treasures, there are some paintings and other artifacts, but they don't seem to actually have much, which is good news for non-believers who can't enter.

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    Murayama Sengen Shrine

    by taigaa001 Updated Jun 9, 2013

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    Alternate Names: Murayama Sengen Jinja
    Status: UNESCO World Heritage Candidate site

    Located at the south flank of Mount Fuji, about 500 meters above sea level, the shrine recognized as one of the Fujiko Pilgrimmage sites, also shows the historical fact that Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples often coexisted as the shugendo (fusion of Buddhism and Shintoism) religious place. After Meiji Government's order to separate Shintoism to Buddhism in late 19th century, the place had to be divided with Shinto area(current Shrine) and Buddhist area (Dainichido (Mahavairocana Buddha Hall) the only remaining building of Kohoji Temple). The place is best known for Mount Fuji Opening Festival on July 1 when Shugendo practitioners from Kyoto perform the ritual called "Goma (Homa in Sanscrit language)". When this place was used as the entry point of Mount Fuji climbing this ritual as well as purification ritual were practiced before Shugendo ascetics started climbing. Today both rituals are performed only on July 1 the opening day of Mount Fuji climbing.

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