Photographer's Note

It is said a temple (Banna-ji) of the Shingon sect of Buddhism that Yoshikane Ashikaga which has Yoshiie Minamoto in a great-granddaddy have built his mansion in 1196 of the Kamakura period(11851333). Yoshikane Ashikaga is cousin of Yoritomo Minamotono who started The Kamakura shogunate, he greatly did its best for foundation of the Kamakura shogunate. He entered the Buddhist priesthood in his later years, and built a large temple with the main hall(Hondo), a bell tower, etc. and complete seven-structured temple compound at this place, and he made them complete them as the shrine built to a guardian deity of Ashikaga family. The building of a photograph is a typical building of the Kamakura period which Yoshikabe Ashikaga built. Main hall is building with a gabled and normal tile roofing. Although a style of building makes the appearance like Zen Buddhism the keynote, elements of the Japanese mode are also taken in, such as a ceiling and a floor of a boarding floor etc. It is precious as the example in early stages of Buddhist temple like Zen Buddhism in an esoteric Buddhism temple, and an old precedent of Zen Buddhism in the Kanto district. Furthermore, a historically interesting thing, in a battle of the Kamakura shogunate overthrow by Emperor Godaigo, Takauji Asikaga after the sixth generation from Yoshikane Ashikaga distinguished oneself on the field of battle, and builds the status as a samurai's ridge beam. Then, he part from Emperor Godaigo, supported the retired Emperor Kōgon and Emperor Kōmyō of another system, and received the generalissimo shogun's. And, he starts the Muromachi shogunate (1336-1573) which changes to the Kamakura shogunate.

The entrance gate seen from the main hall: workshops

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Additional Photos by mikio kato (kato) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1386 W: 219 N: 3395] (11630)
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