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The Yugyo-ji Temple


The Yugyo-ji temple is the head temple of the ji-shu sect and the founder was Saint Ippen (1239 - 1289, statue shown in the left picture).
Saint Ippen traveled around various places during his novitiate handing out talismans on which were written, "na-mu-a-mi-da-butsu" (a prayer to Amida Buddha which says, "I sincerely believe in Amida Buddha"). The ji-shu sect is based on Buddhist invocation.
The temple was opened in sho-chu 2 (1325 AD) in Fujisawa by Saint Donkai and became the headquarters of the ji-shu sect.
Temple Yugyo-ji main gate 'So-mon'.
On the grounds, one will find the "so-mon" gate designated as one of Japan's three black gates.
Big ginko.
Main building 'Hondo'.
The internal of 'Hondo'.
The status of Saint Ippen.
The founder of Ji-sect. The saint was born as the powerful clan of Iyo (Ehime Prefecture), and Michihiro Kono's second son in 1239, and went into the French gate at the age of ten at once. Although he traveled in countries and self-trained, he worshipped at Kumano-hongu-seishoden in 1274 of 36 years old, and received a revelation from the Kumano avatar. "Death merely being made by namu-amida-butsu" and spiritual enlightenment are heard, and it becomes bored, and he is fair, namu-amida-butsu is recited and passing a card says that it knew with "the way of the Buddha." In Ji-sect, this time is considered as the time of foundation. Although the saint was the lifetime of the same pilgrimage as a poor priest which had shabby clothes on, he tells a saint at once that the severity which devoted in religion people heard at once which recommends a Buddhist invocation and walks.
Uga-jin.
Oguri-hangan.
A tomb for "ogri hangan" (judge) and "terutehime" (princess) both who are legendary characters.
Chujaku gate. It was built in 1859.
Treasures of the Yugyo-ji Temple
The Yugyo-ji temple has numerous treasures. One of them is a national treasure called "Ippen- hijiri-e" (the word hijiri-e means sacred painting and usually depicts a high priest). Another treasure is the "Jishu-kako-cho" (the word kako-cho means a register that records the names and dates of past supporters and followers of the temple who have died). This is an important cultural asset along with many others.

update 2003-08-05