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in Grand Head Temple ( Emperor’s tomb ) , Sen Sennyu-ji Temple
By Japanese Traditional Flute ~ shakuhachi
The shakuhachi (Japanese: 尺八、しゃくはち, pronounced [ˌʃakʊˈhatʃi]) (Chinese: 尺八; pinyin: chǐbā) is a Japanese and ancient Chinese longitudinal, end-blown bamboo-flute.
It was originally introduced from China into Japan in the 7th century and reached its peak in the Edo period. (17th-18th century). The oldest shakuhachi in Japan is currently stored in Shōsō-in, Nara. The shakuhachi introduced into Japan changed its form and scale many times after that, and the present shakuhachi was completed in the Edo period in the 17 century. The shakuhachi is traditionally made of bamboo, but versions now exist in ABS and hardwoods. It was used by the monks of the Fuke sect of Zen Buddhism in the practice of suizen (吹禅, blowing meditation).

about Sennyu-ji Temple

Sennyu-ji Temple is located at the foot of Mt. Tsukinowa in the Higashiyama area of Kyoto. The origin of this temple, which is familiar to citizens by the name “Mitera,” can be traced back to the Tencho Era (824-834) when Priest Kobo founded a small temple in its current place.

That small temple, first called “Horinji” and later “Sen’ yu-ji”, was remarkably enlarged by Priest Tsukinowa Shunjo in 1218. Large temple buildings were built in the contemporary Chinese style of the Song Dynasty, and the temple was renamed after the clear water which began flowing from its precinct, Sennyu-ji Temple (temple of flowing fountain). Priest Shunjo entered the priesthood as a young man and traveled to China during the Song Dynasty to study Buddhism. The temple was supported by the Imperial family, who were pious Buddhists. Since the burial of the Emperor Shijo in this temple in 1242, the mausoleum of several succeeding emperors were built in this area, with this temple playing the role of the temple of mourning for the Imperial family.

The scenic temple precinct includes the Butsu-den (Buddha’s hall), the Shari-den (relic’s hall), the Reimei-den for the repose of the late emperors, and other buildings.

Address
27 Sennyuji Sannai-Cho, Higashiyama-Ku, Kyoto 605-0977
Tel
+81-75-561-1551
Website
http://www.mitera.org/

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