〒698-0024 17-2 Ekimae-cho Masuda-shi Shimane Japan
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Manpukuji temple is one of the oldest temples in this region. It has three important assets of Japan. The sect is Ji-shu.
Manpukuji temple was established in Nakanoshima district more than nine hundred years ago. In 1374, the 11th Lord, Masuda Kanemi, relocated the temple to a place in the neighborhood of his residence and worshiped as his family temple.
In June 1866, the Second Choshu expedition, a punitive expedition led by the Tokugawa Shogunate against the Choshu domain, started. But the Choshu forces which were modernized with mobile clothes and modern gear drove away the Tokugawa forces which wore heavy antique armors with old fashioned arms.
On June 16, the Choshu troop led by Omura Masujiro attacked the Tokugawa troop at Manpukuji. It was a raging battle, and escaping Tokugawa soldiers burned a gate of Manpukuji and houses around it. Fortunately some of Choshu soldiers were retainers of Masuda clan who relocated his home from Masuda to Choshu because of the failure of the Sekigahara Battle in 1600. The Choshu soldiers put out the fires with local people and protected Manpukuji temple. For those soldiers, Manpukuji temple was also their ancient’s temple. Bullet-marks on a pillar in the main hall convey this history.
The garden was constructed about 500 years ago by Sesshu Toyo who is
famous as the founder of a school of Japanese Ink-painting. This garden
expresses the doctrine of Zen Buddhism. Rocks were put in appropriate
positions, making the Shumisen-stone in the midpoint. The Mt.Shumisen was
thought as the center of the Buddhist Universe.The
pond forms the Chinese character “心”, meaning “Heart” or “Mind”.
When you enter the room facing to the garden, the bright view of the garden framed by dark rooms comes into your eyes. It is a very impressive view.
Niga Byakudo-zu (Important Cultural Property)
This picture was painted about 700 years ago. The literal meaning of the title is “A picture of a white path between two rivers”. The motif is a Buddhist precept that if believers walk on the white path which leads to the Pure Land, they will be resqued from difficult situations like meeting with the furious fire or rapid water flow.
17-2 Ekimae-cho Masuda-shi Shimane Japan