Hōsen-in

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Coordinates: 35°7′16.9″N 135°50′2.4″E / 35.121361°N 135.834000°E / 35.121361; 135.834000

Hōsen-in
宝泉院
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Religion
AffiliationBuddhism
Location
Location187 Oharashōrin'inchō, Sakyō-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu
Architecture
Completed1012 (Chōwa 2)
Website
http://www.hosenin.net/

Hōsen-in (宝泉院) is a Buddhist temple of the Tendai-shū, located in Sakyō-ku of Kyoto-shi, in the prefecture of Kyoto, Japan. It is specified as a natural monument by the Kyoto government.

History[edit]

It was built in 1012 under the reign of Emperor Sanjō in the imperial year Chōwa 2. Its original purpose was to serve as temple quarters for priests from the nearby Shōrin'in temple.

Structure[edit]

One of the rooms features a blood stained ceiling that was originally a floorpiece from Fushimi Castle. The blood is from Torii Mototada, Tokugawa Ieyasu's retainer, and several hundred other men who committed seppuku when they and the castle they were garrisoned in were about to be overrun by Ishida Mitsunari's forces during the Sekigahara Campaign. This act allowed Tokugawa Ieyasu to escape with his life and live to unify Japan under the Tokugawa Shogunate. Thus, Torii Mototada's act of valor is honored through having the bloody floorpiece serve as a piece of Hōsen-in.

Visiting[edit]

At the entrance, along with paying the fee, guests are given a ticket that can be used for refreshments at the end. Guests are passed through a washitsu featuring such sights including a five-leafed pine. This temple also features a garden called Hōrakuen, or "Treasure Paradise" At the end, the refreshments ticket can be exchanged for green tea and some light snacks.

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