NIPPON Kichi - 日本吉

2007/12/6

東福寺 五百羅漢 Toufuku-ji Gohyaku-rakan The Frescos of Five Hundred Rakan at Tofukuji Temple

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Tofukuji Temple in Nishiizu Town in Shizuoka Prefecture is a temple of the Rinzai sect. The principal object of worship is Amida Nyorai. It was founded during the Tenpuku era (1233-1234) and originally called Tenpukuji Temple. It was relocated, however, to the present place during the Kagen era (1303-1305) and renamed Tofukuji Temple.

The temple is famous for the frescos of 500 Rakan (Buddha’s disciples) painted on the ceiling of the main hall. The frescos were painted by Toshimitsu Tamura, a Buddhist painter of the Taisho period (1912-1926), who was known as a deep drinker. It is said that it took him 4 years and 8 months to finish the work.

With the dragon in the center, the heavenly maiden at every corner and 500 Rakan surrounding them, this pictorial diagram of the heavenly world is really magnificent. The plastered ceiling and walls give the three dimensional effect to the marvelously colorful paintings.

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24-1 Naka, Nishiizu-cho, Kamo-gun, Shizuoka Prefecture 410-3513
name
Tofukuji Temple
phone
0558-52-0549




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