Goeido Hall, Nishi Honganji Temple, Kyoto, Japan

David Clarke

Joined March 2009

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Nishi Honganji (West Honganji) was built in 1591 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, after the sect’s former head temple, Ishiyama Honganji in Osaka had been destroyed by Oda Nobunaga due to the temple’s interference in politics. Nishi Honganji is the head temple of the Honganji faction of the Jodo-Shin sect with over 10,000 subtemples across the country and 200 temples overseas.

Nishi Honganji’s two largest structures are the Goeido Hall, dedicated to Shinran, the sect’s founder, and the Amidado Hall dedicated to the Amida Buddha, the most important Buddha in Jodo-Shin Buddhism.

This shot was taken as a transparency in 2002. Since then, the temple has undergone a renovation, but from more recent pictures on the internet, it looks much the same.

Canon EOS 3 camera with Canon f2.8L 17-35mm lens. Konica 100 transparency film

Uploaded 18 September 2010
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