Jizo Hall at Shofuku-ji Temple stands modestly despite being a national treasure

Jizo Hall of Shofuku-ji Temple

Jizo Hall of Shofuku-ji Temple

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Even if they are not covered with bulletproof glass like the Mona Lisa in the Louvre, national treasures have the image of being managed under tight security. After all, they are national treasures. If it were lost, it would be a loss to mankind. It must be carefully preserved.

If you come to Shofuku-ji Temple in Higashi-Murayama with such an image in mind, you may be disappointed. The Jizo Hall of Shofuku-ji Temple is a national treasure, yet it stands exposed on the temple grounds. If you visit without doing research, you may not realize that this humble hall is designated as a national treasure.

The Jizo Hall of Shofuku-ji Temple is the only architectural National Treasure in Tokyo. While the Tokyo National Museum has many national treasures in the form of Buddhist statues and paintings, such as the Senju Kannon statue and Sesshu's Landscape in Autumn and Winter, this Jizo Hall is the only building in Tokyo that has been designated a national treasure. When I arrived at Shofuku-ji Temple to take a look at this valuable structure with my own eyes, I found the temple grounds to be surprisingly quiet. Although the temple is designated as a national treasure, not many people seem to take the trouble to come and see it. Even though I stood in front of the temple for a while, the only people who appeared from time to time were all locals.

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PHOTO DATA

No

12216

Shooting Date

Jan 2022

Posted On

March 26, 2022

Modified On

June 9, 2022

Place

Higashi-Murayama, Tokyo

Genre

Architectural Photography

Camera

SONY ALPHA 7R II

Lens

ZEISS LOXIA 2/35

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