Horin-ji Temple

Horinji Temple tahoto, Horinji Temple Cherry Blossoms

Horinji Temple tahoto

In the early 600s, possibly 622, the Prince Yamashiro dedicated the Horin-ji Temple to the Bhaisajyaguru, or Buddha of medicine, in his effort to heal his dieing father, Prince Shotoku.  Located in Nara’s Ikaruga, Horin-ji is one of the 13 temples of the Kyoto Jusan Butsu pilgrimage.

The temple is known for being home to a few very historic pieces, particularly its main statue Bhaisajyguru, Kokuzo Bosatsu, which has not been displayed for over 100 years, and its famed Three Story Pagoda (or Three Pagodas in Ikaruga).  There is also a stone tablet carved by the famous poet Yaichi Aizu.

Strong winds are rumored to have destroyed the Horin-ji Temple’s main hall during the Kamakura period, approximately 1645.  The hall was rebuilt in the following century.  In 1945 lightening struck the Pagoda, burning it down.  The Pagoda was ultimately reconstructed in 1975.

Horinji Temple Shinto Wash Basin, Horinji Temple Cherry Blossoms

Cherrry blossoms seen through Horinji Temple. Cherry blossom season in Japan. photography by Jim Caldwell Redondo Beach

Japanese lanterns, Horinji Temple tahoto, Horinji Temple Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms and Japanese Lantern

Horinji Temple tahoto, Horinji Temple Cherry Blossoms

Cherry blossoms at Horinji Temple tahoto

Horinji Temple tahoto, Horinji Temple Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms at Horinji Temple

Horinji Temple tahoto, Horinji Temple Cherry Blossoms

Horinji Temple Cherry Blossoms

Japanese lanterns, Horinji Temple tahoto, Horinji Temple Cherry Blossoms

Horin-ji Temple during Spring

Japanese lanterns, Horinji Temple tahoto, Horinji Temple Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms and Japanese Lantern

Samurai warrior at Horinji Temple, Horinji Temple Shinto Wash Basin, Horinji Temple Cherry Blossoms

Samurai warrior at Horinji Temple

Horinji Temple Shinto Wash Basin, Horinji Temple Cherry Blossoms

Horinji Temple Shinto Wash Basin

Japanese lanterns, Horinji Temple tahoto, Horinji Temple Cherry Blossoms

Horin-ji Temple stairway & lanterns

Horinji Temple tahoto, Horinji Temple Cherry Blossoms

Horinji Temple tahoto

View of Kyoto from Horinji Temple

View of Kyoto from Horinji Temple

Horinji Temple tahoto, Horinji Temple Cherry Blossoms

Horinji Temple tahoto

Japanese maple at Horinji Temple, Japanese lanterns, Horinji Temple tahoto, Horinji Temple Cherry Blossoms

Japanese maple at Horinji Temple

Japanese maple, Japanese lanterns, Horinji Temple tahoto, Horinji Temple Cherry Blossoms

Japanese maples at Shinto Shrines

Horinji Temple tahoto, Horinji Temple Cherry Blossoms

Japanese sakura

Komainu - the so-called lion dogs, guardians of the shrine, Horinji Temple tahoto, Horinji Temple Cherry Blossoms

Komainu – the so-called lion dogs, guardians of the shrine

Lanterns at Horinji Temple, Horinji Temple Cherry Blossom season, Japan Cherry Blossoms

Lanterns at Horinji Temple

Sakura, Horinji Temple tahoto, Horinji Temple Cherry Blossoms

Sakura season at Horinji Temple

Horinji Temple tahoto, Horinji Temple Cherry Blossoms

Sakura season in Kyoto Shrines

Samurai warrior at Horinji Temple, Horinji Temple Shinto Wash Basin, Horinji Temple Cherry Blossoms

Samurai warrior at Horinji Temple

Japanese lanterns, Horinji Temple tahoto, Horinji Temple Cherry Blossoms

Shinto Shrine during sakura season

Horinji Temple tahoto, Horinji Temple Cherry Blossoms

Shinto Shrine Lanterns at Horinji Temple

Japanese lanterns, Horinji Temple tahoto, Horinji Temple Cherry Blossoms

Spring time in Japan – Japanese Maple

View of Kyoto from Horinji Temple

View of Kyoto from Horinji Temple

Jim Caldwell
Redondo Beach

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