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医光寺 Ikouji Ikou Temple

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Ikou Temple is located in Masuda, in Shimane Prefecture.

Sukanji Temple, built in the year 1363, was the predecessor of this temple. Later, Souken Masuda combined the two into the new Ikou Temple.

The big gateway remaining at the entrance to the temple originally came from Masuda Castle after the battle of Sekigahara. During the Edo period, the temple reformed its roof in Ryugu style. The temple became affiliated with the Masuda clan.

The garden, created by the 5th resident priest, Sesshu, is still there. The garden’s samurai-manor style, with its  crane shapes and the turtle rock inside the lake, has  Muromachi-period characteristics. The garden follows the shape of the pond. It is designated as a historical spot of national importance.

There is a sense of Sesshu’s ink painting here in the garden, from the trimmed ericaceae on the slope at the back, to the linear stone arrangements, and the groupings of the cherry trees that blossom in the spring.

It is a garden that has different faces for each season.
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