Gokokuji temple 護国寺


I forgot to publish the pictures of the Gokokuji Temple in my last post (here their offical web site). It’s remarkable firstly this temple has kept unchanged in spite of earthquakes and war. I am writing of a building built in 1697 under the Tsunayoshi Tokugawa, upone request of his mother.

On one side this means we do not fully understand how the sysmic forces workings really  are,

because any buddhist temple, according to our contemporary methodologies f or constructing buildings, would be without any doubts falling down after an earthquake of the same magnitude as the “Great Kanto” had, for instance.  Indeed every buddhist temple has no foundations works. Each pillar is only leaned over a stone.

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There are others buildings here not only the main temple called Kannon-dou, also the Tahou-tou from 1938 and others smaller older constructions. The leaflet I got from the booth inside the temple mention the Nio-mon (the entrance you can see from my shootings which is from the same period ), the Daishi-dou (which is originally from 1701 but underwnt drastic renovation from 1926 onward) the Shouro-Dou (it’s a sort of little belfry  – in italian campanile – built in 1682), the Gekkou-den ( a guest house from 1928) the Yakushi-dou (built in 1691 somewhere else and move here), there’s even the Churei-dou (built in the Meji 35 year where soldiers were buried) and other  specialties that  may be interest you.

Also a large cemetery is placed behind the mayor temple, and here in Tokyo cemeteries are really nice place to visit.

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