Even though it is located in the city center, the precincts of the Banna-ji temple are quite spacious, completely surrounded by ditches. This is where Ashikaga Yoshiyasu, the ancestor of Ashikaga Takauji, the first shogun of the Muromachi Shogunate, originally lived. The residence of a powerful man is much larger than that of a common citizen from the days when samurai were active.
Despite its size, the main buildings of the temple are clustered in one area of the temple grounds. The main hall is located in the center of the moat surrounded by the temple grounds, and the main buildings are clustered around the main hall. The Tahoto Pagoda stands nearby, and the Sutra Hall, designated as an important cultural asset, is not far from the main hall. When I see the crowded buildings, I feel that they should be a little more separated from each other.
The building in the photo is the Tahoto Pagoda of the temple, which was rebuilt in 1692 by Keishouin, the mother of the fifth Tokugawa shogun Tsunayoshi, and enshrines the Vajra Dainichi Nyorai and Seishi Bosatsu. Two men were sitting on a bench next to it, conversing at a slow pace. Judging from the distance between them and the pace of their conversation, they seemed to be parent and child.
|Oct 2021 IN THE CITY TOCHIGI|
|ASHIKAGA BENCH PARENT AND CHILD STUPA TEMPLE|
October 10, 2021
SONY ALPHA 7R II
ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF