JAPANESE ARCHITECTURE IN HYOGO
JODO-JI TEMPLE No.1
Address: Joya-cho, Ono City Hyogo district
Access: 10 minutes by bus or taxi from Ono station by Kobe Railway Kuriu Line.
Comments: Established in 1192(Kenkyu 3, Kamakura Period).
Buildings: Jodo-do was constructed in 1194(Knekyu 5) by Chogen in the style of China which is called Tenjiku style architecture in Japan. Chogen also designed Nandaimon in Todai-ji Temple.
Chogen(1121-1206)is a priest who learned Shingon sect and Jodo sect. He went to China in So Period 3 times where he learned engineering. He invited Chinese engineer and constructed some Tenjiku style temples with Chin Wagyo(Chinese engineer).
- Jodo-do. South front.
- The collumns are big and Every span has same distance. The eaves is so low that the building looks simple and dignified.
- Statues of Tree Amida(Amitabha) Saints are enshrined in the center of incide.
- All of the partitions which installed in between collumns of the back side(west front) are wooden lattice. The evening sun lights the background of the statues of Amida through the lattice partitons.
- There is no ceiling inside and wooden big beams express dinamic structure.
Photo: SHOJI HIRAMATSU
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