BLOGWalking2021.06.26

Kikyo (Chinese bellflower) is at the site of Murasaki Shikibu's residence

Murasaki Shikibu is one of the leading writers in the history of Japanese literature.

The Tale of Genji, which is said to have been written by Murasaki Shikibu in the Heian period, is a long tale consisting of 54 chapters.

Kyoto is dotted with places related to Murasaki Shikibu and The Tale of Genji.

I will introduce you the remains of Murasaki Shikibu's mansion, which is said to have written most of "The Tale of Genji", today.

"Rozan-ji temple" stands to the east of the Kyoto Imperial Palace where Hikaru Genji, the main character of "The Tale of Genji," was born.

At that time, the entire precinct was Murasaki Shikibu's residence, and Rozan-ji Temple is said to have relocated to the site in later years.

​Rozan-ji Temple was founded in the south of Mt. Funaokayama during the Tengyo era (938 - 947) and revived in 1245 at the southern foot of Mt. Funaokayama.

​It was later relocated to its current location, Teramachi Hirokoji, in the first year of the Tensho era (1573), following an urban renovation by Toyotomi Hideyoshi.

​At present, Kikyo (Chinese bellflower) is in full bloom in the "Genji Garden" in the precincts.

It blooms from June to September every year, but this year it seems to be reaching its peak earlier than usual.

​The purple flowers in the garden of white sand and moss are perfect for Murasaki Shikibu's noble image. ​

We can see Kikyo until September.

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There is also a "fude-zuka (monument for pens)" on the grounds of the shrine.

And also Murasaki Shikibu was worked as a poet, so her "Poem Monument" was built.

Murasaki Shikibu was the only Japanese selected as one of the world's five greatest people and was registered at the UNESCO Headquarters in France.

That is why Rozan-ji Temple is also called "the birthplace of world literature".

The monument also features poems by Daini no Sanmi, a poet and daughter of Murasaki Shikibu.

As a poet, she was as good as her mother, Murasaki Shikibu.

When I stand here, I feel I could have heard the sounds of writing a story or singing a song from somewhere.


Rozan-ji Temple
397 Kitanobe-cho, Hirokoji agaru, Teramachi-dori Street, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City
5 minutes walk from Furitsu Idai-byoin-mae City bus stop

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