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Scenes of Otani Honbyo

These are self-taken pictures of Nishi Otani Honbyo taken in August 2000 & 2001.


The Somon (Main Gate) to Otani Honbyo - there is a plaque with the words "Otani Honbyo" in Chinese characters written by the 20th Monshu - Konyo Shonin.



The Hondo (Main Hall, left) at Otani Honbyo. Built in 1661 by the 13th Monshu - Ryonyo Shonin. However, the original building was destroyed in a fire in 1867, it was rebuilt in 1870.
The interior (Naijin, right) comprises of a statue of Amida Buddha made by the 14th Monshu - Jakunyo Shonin, the sroll pictures of the 7 Patriachs and Prince Shotoku, as well as those of the Abbots (Monshu) after Kennyo Shonin (the 11th Monshu) and Shinran Shonin's daughter, Kakushin-ni.


The Meichodo, where the ashes of Shinran Shonin is internned. Relocated from the original tomb near the vincinity of Chion-in (Head temple of Jodo-shu). It was built in 1661 and expanded in 1709 by the 13th Monshu, Ryonyo Shonin and 14th Monshu, Jakunyo Shonin, respectively. The plague was inscribed by Jakunyo Shonin.


The interior of the Meichodo. In the foreground is the Naijin, where the annual Ryukoku-e (Otani Honbyo's Ho-onko service, held on 15-16th October) services are held. In the background is the Mausoleum of Shinran Shonin, and it is there where his ashes are interned.


The Gotabisho, commemorating the site where Shinran Shonin's body was cremated. It is written in the Godensho written by Kakunyo Shonin, that "The coffin (of Shinran Shonin) was carried eastwards over the Kamo River to the Ennin-ji, south of Toribeno at the western foot of Higashiyama, where the funeral was conducted. His remains were collected and deposited at Otani, north of Toribeno at the foot of Higashiyama."


Memorial to Kakushin-ni, daughter of Shinran Shonin. 10 years after Shinran Shonin's death in 1262, Kakushin-ni bought a tract of land at Higashiyama and interrned his remains there; she is considered as a "founder" of the Honganji, and her descendants are the guardians (Rushushiki) of the Honganji.



The Junkyohi (Martyr's memorial, left), dedicated to those who died spreading, adhering and defending the Jodo Shinshu faith. It is especially dedicated to those who died practicing the Shin faith when it was persecuted for 400 years until the early years of the Meiji Restoration in Kagoshima prefecture.
The Senbotsusha Kinenhi (War memorial, right), dedicated to all those who passed away during World War 2.