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Sōken-in, a sub-temple of Daitoku-ji

Sōken-in (総見院) is a sub-temple of Daitoku-ji, Kyoto, Japan. It was founded by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1582 as the mortuary temple of Oda Nobunaga. Hideyoshi granted the temple three hundred koku and staged his celebrated Daitoku-ji tea gathering on its grounds in 1585. During the early years of the Meiji period its precinct was demolished and its treasures relocated; Sōken-in was revived in 1926.[1] The seated wooden statue of Oda Nobunaga of 1583, lacquered, with inlaid eyes and an inscription on the base, an Important Cultural Property, was returned in 1961.[1][2] Nobunaga's funeral and Hideyoshi's foundation of the sub-temple 'with the very best wood available, a remarkable thing to see' was recounted by the Portuguese missionary Luís Fróis in his contemporary História de Japam.[3]

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  1. ^ a b Levine, Gregory P.A. (2005). Daitokuji: The Visual Cultures of a Zen Monastery. University of Washington Press. p. 58 (&notes). ISBN 0-295-98540-2.
  2. ^ "Database of Registered National Cultural Properties". Agency for Cultural Affairs. Archived from the original on 1 August 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2011.
  3. ^ Lamers, Jeroen P. (2000). Japonius Tyrannus: The Japanese warlord Oda Nobunaga reconsidered. Hotei Publishing. p. 226 (História IV.31). ISBN 90-74822-22-3.

Coordinates: 35°2′38.6″N 135°44′40.8″E / 35.044056°N 135.744667°E / 35.044056; 135.744667