Monday, May 16, 2011

Obakusan Mampuku-ji, Kyoto

Obakusan Mampuku-ji is the head temple of the Obaku sect of Rinzai Zen Buddhism, which has 460 branches throughout Japan. The Mampukuji Temple was established in 1661 and it was built in the Chinese Ming style by Ingen (1592-1673), a Chinese priest and refugee from the fall of the Ming Dynasty in 1644. It is one of the few Chinese-style (Ming Dynasty) temples in Japan. Its surroundings are the hills in Uji, south of Kyoto, where tea is grown.

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