BLOGWalking2021.09.20

Temple famous for Hagi flowers

Hagi is considered to be one of the "seven autumn herbs"

Hagi flowers are at their best at shrines and temples in Kyoto such as Nashinoki-jinja Shrine, Shinnyo-do Shrine and Kosho-ji Temple.

In fact, Hagi is the most frequently mentioned plant in "Manyoshu."

It is said that the number of poems in "Hagi" is 142, while that in "Ume" is 119.

It is interesting that in the original text it is not "萩(はぎ)" but "芽" "芽子" and "波疑".

This time, I would like to introduce Jorin-ji Temple, which is called "Hagi no Tera (The temple of Hagi flowers)".

A small temple which is usually quiet, located in Demachiyanagi which is easy to access.

In early autumn, red and white bush clover flowers bloom like a waterfall on both sides of the approach leading from the temple gate to the main hall.

The Sunagawa river used to flow around here, and there is a layer of sand in the precincts, so it is said to be suitable for the growth of bush clover.

Along with Chotoku-ji Temple in the north and Shojo-in Temple in the south, it was also called "Sunagawa Sangen-ji Temples".

Every year on Respect-for-the-Aged Day in September, "Hagi Kuyo" was also held.

The bush clover of Jorinji is an early blooming variety, so it's a feature that you can see it earlier than other famous bush clover.

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According to a theory, it was founded in 1573 by Rodo, a Nenbutsu Senju priest (a priest specialized in the Buddhist invocation), in Kojinguchi, Teramachi.

It is said that the temple buildings were successively destroyed by fire in Kan 1671 bun 11 "Great Fire of Teramachi".

It was later relocated to its current location, Demachiyanagi.

It is said that Eyo rebuilt the main hall in 1698.

The Amida Sanzon-zo (the statue of Amida Triad) is enshrined in the main hall, which is not usually open to the public.

There is a theory that the Yotsugi Ikujizo-son enshrined in Jizo-do Hall existed before Jorin-ji Temple was relocated.

He was a samurai at the end of the Edo period and was also known as an inn for Kaishu KATSU who was the first Kaigun kyo of the Meiji government.

The site is surrounded by the autumn atmosphere with the Japanese pampas grass swaying in the best season of Hagi.

I feel like composing a poem by putting on the air of "Manyoshu".


Jorin-ji Temple
33 Tanaka Shimoyanagi-cho, Kawabata-dori Street Imadegawa-dori Street agaru, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City
A short walk from Keihan Demachiyanagi Station

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