Building and paintings from the Edo period… A temple that continues to carve out the history of the town and the people
Shourinbou Temple (Pure Land Buddhism)Address: 1280 Miyoshimachi, Miyoshi, Hiroshima 728-0021 Call: 0824-62-2284
Standing quietly near the Tomoe bridge, Shourinbou has a large temple grounds with an ancient wooden gate and main temple which projects an elegant, gallant atmosphere. It has been succeeded all the way up to the current 23rd chief priest, Akeyama Kouei who protects the temple and its history.
Shourinbou was founded by Myoukou Shounin, one of the six pupils of the founder of Pure Land Buddhism, Shinran. The temple was initially built in Fukuyama city by Myoukou in the Kamakura period, however, Shourinbou moved along with the change of the chief priest. The 10th priest was the one to move the temple to Miyoshicho in 1602, the last year of the Azuchi Momoyama period, and it has been there ever since, carving the history of the town and people for over 400 years.
Each building of Shourinbou has a long history, 8 of them are designated as national cultural properties.
The foundation of each building
Main temple*: 1852
Temple gate*: 1665
Bell tower*: The mid-Edo period
Scripture house*: The mid-Edo period
Walkway: Towards the end of the Edo Period.
Guest hall*: 1934
Onarinoma* (Room for high-rank people): 1934
*Has been repaired at some point.
The high ceiling and large main temple are very unusual for a wooden temple.
The walkway connecting the kitchen to the main temple has been preserved as it was in the Edo period. The walkway has a dividing wall with bell-shaped windows that separates the side a priest passes through from the side others pass through. This is one example of the many preserved elements of history that are carved into the temple.
Another way it manifests its long history is that the placement of the buildings hasn't changed from the Edo period. In the Edo period, people would pass the temple gate and look up at the temple, pray and ring the bell as we still do today. It feels almost like it's possible to slip back into the Edo period.
The pictures drawn on the ceiling of the main temple have also been preserved with restoration since the Edo period. Each of them is different from the other, an overwhelmingly gorgeous and powerful ceiling.
"A temple should be with the adherents. Not only its history, but also the cultural properties that are approved by the country and supports its adherents, I would like to preserve that as the leader." The ancestors have passed on the job to Akiyama, who protects it carefully.
He likes music too as he has learned how to play the hichiriki (a flageolet-like instrument used in gagaku performance) and played trombone in a brass band.
He invites a brass band from Ryuukoku University, which he graduated from, and holds a concert, in May he also holds a recital to celebrate the birthday of Shinran.
And when the temple is lent as a venue for the Mononoke festival, youkai gather in the temple…
The adherents, local residents and tourists all enjoy being at Shourinbou.
|スポット名||Shourinbou Temple (Pure Land Buddhism)|
|所在地||1280 Miyoshimachi, Miyoshi, Hiroshima 728-0021|