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Feel Mt.Hiei and experience Japan’s history and culture – Enryakuji

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Xiao Meirin (China)
Xiao Kehan (China)
Jessie Lien (Taiwan)
Mai Kawano (Japan)
Yasuyuki Kitamura (Japan)

Date
Nov 27, 2010

With over 1200 years of history, Enryakuji is one of the most famous temples in Japan. Guided by the chief priest, we learnt a lot about Japan’s history and culture.

  • Feel Mt.Hiei and experience Japan’s history and culture – Enryakuji

    The entrance of Enryakuji. It was erected more than 1200 years ago by a man called Saichou. It is a very famous temple full of history. It is part of UNESCO's World Heritage.

  • Feel Mt.Hiei and experience Japan’s history and culture – Enryakuji

    We could feel a very holy atmosphere.

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    Mt Hiei's tour map. We were surprised to discover that the area was so vast.

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    This time, we focused on the "Toutou" area and toured it around.

  • Feel Mt.Hiei and experience Japan’s history and culture – Enryakuji

    Enryakuji's chief priest explained us a lot of different things.

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    This building is called "Monjurou". It is the main gate of the temple, that you have to cross to climb the stairs to the temple.

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    Inside resides a Buddha called "Monjubosatsu". We prayed for our success for the upcoming exams. (As it is strictly forbidden to take pictures inside, we are using a picture provided by the temple)

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    Outside of the Monjurou.

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    This is a stone monument where a famous Chinese Buddhist wrote on. Proof that interactions between Japan and China have been lasting for a very long time.

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    Downstairs lies a temple called "Konbonchudou". It is the most important temple of Enryakuji.

  • Feel Mt.Hiei and experience Japan’s history and culture – Enryakuji

    Inside of Konbonchudou. As it is strictly forbidden to take pictures inside, we are using a picture provided by the temple.

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    The "Fumetsunohoutou"(The lamplights of eternity) have been burning without interruption during more than 1200 years. 1200 years !!!

  • Feel Mt.Hiei and experience Japan’s history and culture – Enryakuji

    From a lot of different point of views, you can appreciate Konbonchudou's beauty. A lot of people take group pictures from this spot.

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    After, we had a small walk in the surroundings.

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    We rang the "bell of good fortune". It is also called "Heiwa no kane"(The Bell of peace).

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    One by one, everybody made their own wish.

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    Next to the bell, in the "Daikoudo", a lot of Buddhist bonzes' pictures are exposed.

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    With the Daikoudo in the back, a commemorative photo.

  • Feel Mt.Hiei and experience Japan’s history and culture – Enryakuji

    Although we couldn't go this time, there are still plenty of temples to visit. We really would like to try to visit the rest another time.

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    Finally, a souvenir picture with the chief priest who took the time to be our guide. Thank you very much!

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