Photographer's Note

This photograph is taken in Ninna-ji in Kyoto in winter seven years ago. The Imperial Family had taken the post of a chief priest till the Edo period with the Imperial Household here in the connected deep temple. There are many rooms, folding screens and a long corridors in a temple. Moreover, the pond and trees were planted in the courtyard where white sand was laid and the peculiar aesthetic sense was created so that it might be seen in other temples in Kyoto. Here is known also as a famous place of a cherry tree, and the time of a spring cherry tree and the autumnal leaves of autumn is crowded with many worshippers.

1. Five-story pagoda: Workshops
2. Main hall: Workshops
3. Ninna-ji:
Ninna-ji is the head temple of the Omuro school of the Shingon Sect of Buddhism. Located in western Kyoto, Japan, it was founded in AD 888 by the retired Emperor Uda. It is part of the "Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto", a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Ninna-ji was founded in the early Heian period. In 886, Emperor Kōkō ordered the construction of the Nishiyama Goganji Temple to bless the nation and propagate Buddhist teachings, but he did not live to see its completion. Emperor Uda saw the construction to its completion in 888 and named it "Ninna" after the regnal year of the late Emperor Kōkō's reign. From 888 to 1869 it was traditional for reigning Emperors to send a son to the temple to take over as head priest when a vacancy arose.

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