Created 23-Nov-12
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While visiting the Kodai-ji temple in the Higashiyama area of Kyoto is saw this quite different looking type of pagoda. It is the Daiun-in temple with the “Gion-kaku” tower (大雲院 祇園閣) dedicated to the famous warlord Oda Nobunaga and his eldest son Nobutada who committed seppuku in 1582 when Akechi forces betrayed the Oda, attacking Honno-ji and then Nijo castle. The most famous element of the temple is Gion-kaku, which is patterned after the yamaboko floats used in the Gion Matsuri. It was commissioned by entrepreneur Kihachiro Okura (1837-1928) who was heavily involved as a collector of artefacts. He is responsible for Japan's first private museum, Okura Shukokan. Daiun-in is also the site of Ishikawa Goemon's grave (1558-1594). It is believed the infamous thief was boiled or grilled alive after attempting to assassinate Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
Gion Kaku in Higashiyama-Kyoto!Gion Kaku in Higashiyama-Kyoto!Gion Kaku in Higashiyama-Kyoto!

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