Kanei-ji Temple, which boasted of its authority as a prayer hall and family temple of the Tokugawa Shoguns, not only lost its main buildings to fire during the upheavals at the end of the Edo period, but also had its territory confiscated after the Meiji Restoration, resulting in the temple's current humble appearance. Like Kanei-ji Temple, the Sanpo-ji Temple in Nerima, Tokyo, it was difficult to sense the temple's former vigor.
The temple was granted 10 koku of red seal land by Tokugawa Ieyasu, and was even used as a resting place for Tokugawa Iemitsu's hawkers. The temple was not only reduced in size after the Meiji Restoration, but also its hall was destroyed by fire. The current buildings are not overwhelming to the eye. The only thing that stands out is the Nagaya-mon Gate, which used to be the gate of the Katsu Kaishu residence.
The Konpon Daito (Great Pagoda) and the statue of Heiwa Daikannon (Great Goddess of Mercy) standing next to the Konpon Daito, which was inaugurated in 1996 to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the founding of the temple, are still young to be able to move the hearts of visitors with their mere existence. In another 500 years, it will have a dignity of its own.
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