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Higashiyama; Kyoto's Cultural Treasures
◆About Kodaiji Temple:
Jubuzan Kodaiji (Rinzai School Kenninji Sect)
Kodai-ji Temple is located north east of Yasaka Hokanji Temple at the foot of Higashiyama Ryozen Mountains in Kyoto. It is officially called Kodaiji-jushozenji Temple. The temple was established in 1606 by Kita-no-Mandokoro (1548-1624) in memory of her late husband Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536-1598). Kita-no-Mandokoro was also known as Nene. Nene later became a priestess and assumed the name of Kodaiin Kogetsuni. In July 1624, Sanko Osho from Kenninji Temple was welcomed as the principal monk and the temple was then named Kodai-ji. Tokugawa Ieyasu (1542-1616) (the first Tokugawa shogun) financed the construction of the temple, resulting in its magnificent appearance.
Currently Kaisando (Founder's Hall), Otama-ya (Sanctuary), Kasatei (Teahouse), Shiguretei (Teahouse), Omotetmon (Gate to Sanctuary) and Kangetsudai (Moon Viewing Pavilion) are designated as important cultural sites of Japan. Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Kita-no-Mandokoro are enshrined in “Otama-ya” and their graves lie under the state of Kita-no-Mandokoro. Shumidan (dais for a Buddhist image) and Zushi (small shrine) are decorated with splendid makie (Japanese lacquer with gilded patterns) which is known as “Kodai-ji Makie”, typical of the Momoyama period. (late 16th century)
The Gala Dinner will be held at “THE SODOH HIGASHIYAMA KYOTO”, an Italian Restaurant located near many famous sites such as Kiyomizu Temple - a World Heritage site, the main hall of Chion-in Temple, a National Treasure, Kodai-ji Temple and Yasaka Shrine. When passing through the entrance gate, visitors are greeted by a graceful Japanese residence and a garden which reflects the beauty of the four seasons.
THE SODOH HIGASHIYAMA KYOTO：http://www.thesodoh.com/en/