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Kuhonji Temple – Kamakura

Posted in Japanese Traditions, Places by tokyobling on April 17, 2011

One of the things I did in March, to get my mind off the disaster, was to spend a day wandering around Kamakura and Yuigahama beach (you might remember the post I made about that a few weeks ago). Here’s one of the new finds I did that day. Although I have spent a couple of years in Kamakura, I have never seen this temple before, the Kuhonji Temple (九品寺). Founded and constructed in 1336 by Yoshisada Nitta, the general who led the attack on the Kamakura shogunate. It marks the spot where the devout general prayed for the souls of the fallen enemy soldiers after the battle. There’s even a couple of wooden plaques inscribed with characters from the general’s own hand. It’s small family run temple and although the gates were open I had to ring the door bell to get a chat with the head monk. The name contains the letter ku, or the number nine, and refers to the nine modes of death, for those who want to enter paradise. A fitting temple to visit. There were some kind of flowering bush as well, absolutely beautiful.

A funny thing – I got a little souvenir from the temple and when I visited another much more famous and bigger temple nearby a little later one of the staff saw it and exclaimed to her coworkers “looks, he’s been to Kuhonji” whereby everyone in the temple office stopped and looked at me. I guess not many people come here!

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  1. amblerangel said, on April 17, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Thhis was our first year to experience the Cherry Blossom- next year I’m going on a week long Sakura mission to see them In ALL the good spots….


    • tokyobling said, on April 19, 2011 at 6:49 am

      Haha… there are too many good spots to see them all! But if you have a car it would make an epic road movie to follow the Sakura from Okinawa to Hokkaido!


      • amblerangel said, on April 23, 2011 at 12:18 pm

        What a GREAT idea- hard to fathom right now though- especially looking at these pictures- again. I keep going to the ones of the trains. And the tombstones ahead….They just draw me back in.I can’t exactly pick up and leave so I just drop off loads of supplies all the time…I hope it all gets SOME PLACE..


        • tokyobling said, on April 25, 2011 at 12:55 am

          Eventually, it all will. While speed is not one of their virtues, they are rather thorough! (^-^)


  2. Timi said, on April 17, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Such pretty flowers:)
    What are those signs for written on the second picture?


    • tokyobling said, on April 19, 2011 at 6:50 am

      The signs are actually a form of Japanese graffiti and not to be emulated (^-^) In the past, visitors used to put their names, “tags” in the form of stickers or wooden plaques on famous landmarks. Or course this is seriously forbidden these days! Funny thing though, you can still have these stickers and wooden plaques printed/engraved in certain shops around the country! Makes for a good souvenir.


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