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Temples

Mibudera

Area

West




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Mibu dera was originally established by order of Emperor Shomu for Monk Ganjin who brought the Ritsu Sect of Buddhism o Japan. Graves of members of the Shinsengumi , a group of masterless samurai formed shortly before the Imperial Restoration to keep the peace for the shogunate, are located in the grounds.


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"Mibu dera was originally established by order of Emperor Shomu for Monk Ganjin who brought to Japan the Ritsu Sect of Buddhism from China. Later, in 991, Kaiken, a monk of another temple in the Mibu district erected a chapel for the Bodhisattva Jizo at the site of Ganjin's former residence. The enshrined Buddha was carved by Jocho, a famous sculptor of the time. It is his only surving work today. Graves of members of the Shinsengumi , a group of masterless samurai formed shortly before the Imperial Restoration to keep the peace for the shogunate, are located on the grounds. In the Edo Period(1615-1865), Mibu Kyogen (comical pantomime plays of Buddhist parables) were held at the temple to drive away an epidemic ravaging the city. It became known as the "temple of plays" and thus gained popularity, drawing people from all over the country to visit. During subsequent rebuildings of this temple, the Kyogen-do (theater stage) was built separately from the main hall. Mibu Dainenbutsu Kyogen still goes on today, and can be seen in the spring from April 21st to the 29th, and again from October 10th. About 5 plays are put on daily from 1pm to 5:30pm. The fist one of the day involves Horaku-wari, a ritual in which clay plates from visitors at the temple are smashed. Names of family members are written on the plates to give protection from bad luck. Graves of members of the Shinsengumi , a group of masterless samurai formed shortly before the Imperial Restoration to keep the peace for the shogunate, are located on the grounds. "


Temples

Mibudera

Area

West

Open

8:00am to
5:30pm

Admission

free
Mibuzuka - 200 Yen : Old scripture room: 100 Yen

Address

Bukkoji-agaru Bojo-dori Nakagyo-ku

Tel No.

+81-75-841-3381

URL

http://www.kyoto.zaq.ne.jp/mibu/


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