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    Rokkaku-do Temple (Choho-ji Temple)

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    Rokkaku-do Temple (Choho-ji Temple)

    Rokkaku-san, the temple related to Prince Shotoku

    This temple is more familiarly known by its nickname, Rokkaku-do.  Rokkaku means hexagon and the temple got the name since the main hall is shaped like a hexagon.  It is said that the commission of imperial prince, Shotoku, in the 6th century, established the temple.  When he was a little child, he happened to find a small, golden Buddhist figure of Nyoirin Kannon on the beach in Awaji.  Then, after a while, he received a message from the figure that said, “I have stayed with you so long but now I would like to stay in one place and help people there.”  He believed these words and built the hexagonal temple hall.  The main wall was renovated in the early Meiji period (1868-1912) and preserves many important historical articles including the statue of Shotoku which is said to have  been self-made, a sacred rock called Heso-ishi, and the site of an old pond where Shotoku had bathing when he was a baby.  On the north side of the temple precinct is the Ikenobo headquarters where their office and training centers are set.  Ikenobo is the most influential Japanese flower arrangement school and is respected as the birthplace of ikebana (flower arrangement).

    Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC.
    Fujin-gaho,December issue,2013

    INFORMATION

    Name Rokkaku-do Temple (Choho-ji Temple)
    Address 248 Donomae-cho, Rokkaku-dori Higashinotoin-nishi-iru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075-221-2686
    Hours 6:00-17:00
    Closed
    Resevation
    URL http://www.ikenobo.jp/rokkakudo/
    Recommended Entry: Free of charge in the precinct (reservation required for the museum)

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