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カテゴリー別アーカイブ: Meiji Restoration

#7 Manpukuji Temple / 万福寺

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The garden was designed by Sesshu.

Today, I went to Manpukuji Temple. The temple was built in 1374. It’s very old!  My favorite thing about the temple was the Sesshu Garden.  It’s a very relaxing place.  I learned that the garden represents elements of Buddhism and that rocks are important for zen gardens.   I also learned that Manpukuji had a battle between the Tokugawa Shogunate and Chosu, a clan from Hagi City.  The battle was one of the first toward the Meiji Restoration.  You can see the marks of the battles on the pillars in the main hall.  I learned a lot about Japanese history today at Manpukuji.   I’m looking forward to seeing more Sesshu gardens.
-Ben-

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The altar of Manpukuji Temple.

今日は万福寺を訪ねました。このお寺は1374年に建立されました。大変古く雪舟庭園について
好きな一つです。又くつろぐ事が出来る場所ですネ。この庭に仏教の数々の要素や大事な禅庭としての石の配置などがあった。明治維新になる時の徳川幕府軍と長州軍と戦闘があり、本堂の弾丸の痕跡も残されており、この万福寺で多くの日本の歴史を学ぶことが出来ました。
より雪舟庭園を見るのが楽しみだ。
-Ben-

Phrases
relaxing –    くつろぎ、穏やか、
elements of Buddhism  –   仏教の要素
Tokugawa Shogunate  –  徳川幕府
Chosu –  長州
meiji restoration – 明治維新
pillars – 柱
looking forward to —–   / —-楽しみに

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Ben is looking at the bullet hole in the pillar that was left from the battle between the Tokugawa Shogunate and Hagi Chosu.

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Ben and Caroline at look at the altar of the main hall in Manpukuji Temple.