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Komyo-ji, Kamakura

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Tenshōzan Renge-in Kōmyō-ji is a Buddhist temple of the Jōdo sect in Zaimokuza, near Kamakura, Japan, the only major one in the city to be close to the sea. Kōmyō-ji is number one among the Kantō Jūhachi Danrin, a group of 18 Jōdo temples established during the Edo period by Tokugawa Ieyasu, and dedicated to both the training of priests and scholarly research. It is also the sect's head temple for the Kantō region. In spite of the fact it is a Jōdo sect temple, Kōmyō-ji has several of the typical features of a Zen temple, for example a sanmon (main gate), a pond and a karesansui (rock garden).Kōmyō-ji has always enjoyed the patronage of Japan's powerful and is the only Buddhist temple in Kamakura to have had the privilege of being a daimyo's funeral temple. It was chosen for that role by the Naitō clan, feudal lords from today's Miyazaki Prefecture whose tombs are part of the temple's compound.The temple, besides the usual Buddhist cemetery, maintains a special crypt for the ashes of house pets and other animals, and twice a year holds in the Main Hall ceremonies in their memory. The crypt was created and is maintained by a group of veterinarian volunteers.The temple holds occasional music concerts in its main hall, concerts that are announced in its Web site. For 3500 yen, visitors who make a reservation can try at Kōmyō-ji the vegetarian food the resident priests themselves eat. Entrance is free, with the exception of the sanmon, which can be visited only telephoning the temple, explaining the motives for the planned visit, making a reservation and paying a small fee.
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  • July 23, 2017
    Komyo-JI in zaimokuza, Kamakura held the view Lotus society at the end of July each year. Of lotus flowers blooming in the gardens, pleasant sensitive. Also, the 銜eta lotus leaf (sometimes tea) drinking cups to resemble the elephant nose Cup (soubihai) of Lotus leaf in this view of Lotus, but that looks like statue of China. Liquor was poured on the leaves of the Lotus is faint scent of the Lotus. It is a temporary fun Cup with the Lotus Blossom. In addition, Daishoin Temple Islands are usually not admitted the authentic tea ceremony experience. Even without knowledge of tea on the side to join issue. Enjoyed the view from the great tragedies and green tea. The details of the view of Lotus would you like to please HP or a temple.
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  • July 22, 2017
    Kinkaku, is comparable to flying cloud Kinkaku, ginkaku beautiful castles. Vegetarian if you book well. Lotus of the summer season is especially nice. Views of the sea from the main gate is also interesting.
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  • July 20, 2017
    It is a large gate and also great dignity with Temple. It is centered on the Lotus pond garden liked very much. Very quaint and I feel cool even in the hot summer. Sitting on the bench and look very calm.
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