The water basin in the precincts clearly reflected the image of the main hall

Main hall of Zuisho-ji Temple reflected in the water
Shot at Zuisho-ji in Shirokanedai, Tokyo ©Tetsu Ozawa
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In the precincts of Shirokanedai, surrounded by luxurious apartments, stands a structure built in 1757. It is the main hall of Zuisho-ji, a Buddhist temple.

The precincts of Zuisho-ji temple are small. In the "Edo Meisho Zue" (Edo Sights Illustrated), a local history book written in the late Edo period, the temple was depicted as a huge temple with a gate, Tenno-den, main hall, and Zendo. Yet it is now surrounded by apartment buildings, and even the main hall, which stands starkly in the precincts, seems to overflow.

I came to Zuisho-ji Temple, which was founded in 1670, because I read that there is a very modern building next to the old main hall. The modern building is a storehouse designed by Kengo Kuma and built in 2018. One of the buildings next to the other is 264 years old and the other is 3 years old. The difference between the two buildings is about 260 years, which is about 15 generations apart. If I were to apply this to myself, I would say that I have ancestors who lived 15 generations ago, but I don't even know their names.

There is such a difference in the number of years since the temple was built, but when I stand in the precinct and look at it, I do not feel any sense of discomfort. It's strange how harmonious they are. The courtyard in front of the newcomer's storeroom was a basin of water with a beautiful reflection of the main hall on the surface.

日本語
Jul 2021 ARCHITECTURE TOKYO

Where is Zuisho-ji?

PHOTO DATA

No

11962

Shooting Date

Dec 2020

Posted On

July 9, 2021

Modified On

November 10, 2021

Place

Shirokanedai, Tokyo

Genre

Architectural Photography

Camera

SONY ALPHA 7R II

Lens

ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF

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