The cool days have continued these days.
It's hard to believe it was so hot last month.
It is fall completely.
This time I will introduce Shunjodo Hall of Todaiji Temple.
[ Saint Shunjubo Chogen ]
The Great Buddha Hall and Nandaimon Gate of the Todaiji Temple are not original.
Those which were destroyed in the past were rebuilt.
One of the people who reconstructed them is Saint Chogen.
Saint Chogen was born in 1121.
His secular name is Kino Gyobusaemonnojoshigesada.
Buddhist monk has name as a monk different from the real name.
His First Name of the monk is Chogen, and Last Name is Shunjobo.
In Japan, the name says "Last name" "First name" in that order, he is called Shunjobo Chogen.
He become a monk at the age of 13.
He has been to Song (current China) three times.
In Song he was involved in the rebuilding of temple buildings that comparable to the Great Buddha Hall of Todaiji.
In addition, he has built many temples in Japan.
Thanks to these achievements he was entrusted to rebuild Todaiji Temple.
[ The setting fire to Nanto(Nara) ]
Around the middle of the 12th century, a samurai named Taira no Kiyomori was powerful.
But it did not last long and the power gradually fell.
Around that time there were powers in the temples in Nara, and ordered the his child Shigehira to reduce the force.
Shigehira set fire to Nara in 1181.
Most buildings of Todaiji and Kofukuji are destroyed.
After a while the Taira family fell down.
After that, Todaiji was to be rebuilt by Chogen.
He gathered funds with donation, and taught artisans with his building technology.
He used big timbers when rebuilding the Great Buddha Hall and Nandaimon Gate, and he supplied them by himself from the mountains of Suonokuni country (currently the southeast half of Yamaguchi prefecture).
[ Shunjodo Hall ]
There is a bell tower on the way from the Great Buddha Hall to Nigatsudo Hall.
On the north side of the bell tower there is a hall named Shunjodo.
This was built by Saint Kokei in honor of the virtue of Saint Chogen.
[ The seated statue of Saint Shunjobo Chogen ]
The seated statue of Saint Shunjobo Chogen is set in Shunjodo Hall.
The statue was produced in the 13th century and its height is about 82 centimeters.
Usually, because the door of Shunjodo Hall is closed, you can not see the statue.
We can worship the statue of Saint Chogen for a fee only twice as shown below per year.
July 5th: The anniversary of Saint Chogen's death
December 16: The anniversary of Roben's death
[ Approximate Latitude and Longitude of tourist spots etc. ]
In Google Maps, you can find the location of tourist spots with latitude and longitude.
The following latitudes and longitudes are not officially announced, they are what I found out.
So they may be wrong.
The Shunjodo hall: N34.6889 E135.8419
(September 23, 2018)