Created 28-Oct-12
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While walking along the Ujigawa River, I notice a little path with at the end a little shrine. There was a sign pointing the way to the Eshin-in temple. It looked intriguing, so I decided to take a look. After you ascend the slightly slopped path and turn right, you can see the entrance to this small temple. There is a garden attached to the temple with various flowers that bloom at different seasons. There is also a little wooden platform where one can take a rest and enjoy the tranquility of this place. From there you have a nice view of the Uji River and its surroundings. Here is a little more about the history of this temple: Eshin-in traces it origins to the Seiryu-ji temple, built in 821 by Kukai (774-835), also known as Kobo Daishi. The temple was later rebuilt by the priest Genshin (942-1017) who was also known as Enshin, hence the temple’s present name of Eshin-in. Genshin was the author of the Ojoyoshu (Essentials of the Pure Land Rebirth), written in 985. He is believed to have been the model for the fictional priest Yokawa who kept the Tale of Genji heroine Ukifune from drowning herself and who set her on the path of a new life. In later years, Eshin-in came to have a close association with Kasuga no Tsubone (1579-1643), the famed nurse of the third shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu, and was also patronised by the Uji tea master Kanbayashi Ichimon.
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Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:Asia
Subcategory Detail:Japan
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