Taizhou known as Taichow, is a city located at the middle of the East China Sea coast of Zhejiang province. It is located 300 km south of 230 km southeast of Hangzhou, the provincial capital, it is bordered by Ningbo to the north, Wenzhou to the south, Shaoxing and Lishui to west. In addition to the municipality itself, the prefecture-level city of Taizhou includes 3 districts, 2 county-level cities, 4 counties. At the 2010 census, its population was 5,968,838 inhabitants whom 3,269,304 lived in the built-up area made of 3 urban Districts and Wenling City now being conurbated. Taizhou's name is believed to derive from nearby Mount Tiantai. Five thousand years ago, the ancestors of the modern inhabitants began to settle in this area. During the Xia and Zhou dynasties, when the Chinese state was confined to the Yellow River basin, the area of present-day Taizhou was part of Dong'ou. Following the 3rd-century BC conquests of the Qin Empire, a settlement in the area was known as Huipu Town, it was included in the Minzhong Prefecture, but moved to Kuaiji during the Han.
On August 22, 1994, Taizhou Municipality was set up in place of Taizhou Prefecture and approved by the State Council. In 1999, Taizhou was approved by the State Council to be a leading city in Zhejiang’s urbanization structure and the center of sub zone of the first-class economy. Approved by the National Development and Reform Commission, Taizhou formally became one of the 16 cities of Yangtze River Delta area on Aug.15, 2003. At the time of 2010 census, the whole population of Taizhou, including the whole prefecture-level city and subsidiary counties was 5,968,838 with 3,269,304 in the emerging built-up area made of 3 urban districts, Huangyan and Wenling City being urbanized; the prefecture-level city of Taizhou administers 3 districts, 3 county-level cities and 3 counties. At 651 kilometres, Taizhou has a long coastline dotted with numerous islands. Coastal areas in the east tend with an occasional hill. Eastern and northern parts of Taizhou are mountainous, with Yandangshan Mountains in the southwest, Kuocang Mountains in the west, Mount Tiantai in the northwest.
The highest point of Taizhou is Mishailang, a 1,382.4 metres peak in the Kuocang Mountains, the highest point in the east of the Zhejiang Province. Taizhou has a humid subtropical climate with four distinctive seasons. Struck by typhoons in the summers, the climate characterised by hot, humid summers and drier and cold winters with occasional snow; the mean annual temperature is 16.6 to 17.5 °C from north to south east coastal area, while mean annual rainfall ranges from 1,185 to 2,029 millimetres. Taizhou is one of the birthplace of China's private economy in the early days of economic reforms in China, it is the cradle of the Chinese private economy, the name of Taizhou Model is after it. It is the 4th most populous, the 4th largest industrial prefecture-level city in Zhejiang Province as of 2011. Chinese automotive manufacturing company Geely was founded in Taizhou which completes its acquisition of Volvo Cars in 2010, is one of China’s top ten auto manufacturers. Chinese auto parts manufacturer based Yuanhuan was one of China auto parts manufacturer based,here can produce all auto parts for vehicles.
The largest HVAC fan company Yilida is located in Taizhou. It is listed on Shenzhen Stock Exchange and has acquired Fulihua fan company in Suzhou in 2012. Taizhou is one of the most important Mandarin, Wendan, Myrica rubra producers in China. Other agricultural product including Rice, edible Wild rice stems or Zizania latifolia, Water chestnut, Bamboo Historically, Taizhou was inaccessible by road; this has changed due to large infrastructure restructuring in early 2000s. Presently, Taizhou is served by the S1 Yongtaiwen Expressway, a segment in the north-south G15 Shenyang–Haikou Expressway, linking the city with Ningbo, Shanghai in the north and Wenzhou in the south. Taizhou Airport was once named Huangyan Luqiao Airport in the city's Luqiao District serves daily flights to Beijing and Chengdu and regular flights to other major Chinese cities. In September 2009, the high-speed rail line, Ningbo–Taizhou–Wenzhou railway, opened. There are several stations in the prefecture boundaries of Taizhou.
The station serving the urban core is called Taizhou railway station. In August 2016 it was announced; the line will connect Jiaojiang district to Hangzhou in just 60 minutes with the journey to Shanghai being cut to just two hours Like the majority of areas in Zhejiang, most people from Taizhou speak a dialect of Wu Chinese, known as Huangyan Hua. It is not mutually intelligible with Mandarin Chinese, only intelligible with Shanghainese. There is a small portion of Min Nan and Wenzhou dialect speakers in the southern regions. None of these three languages are mutually intelligible amongst each other, but the linguistic diversity of some regions has resulted in a segment of the population becoming fluent in speaking up to four languages, when Mandarin is included; the city's people are reputed to be industrious and business-minded, although not to the same degree as neighboring Wenzhou. Many people from the area have migrated abroad after economic ref
Kinpōzan Jōchi-ji is a Buddhist Zen temple in Kita-Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. It belongs to the Engaku-ji school of the Rinzai sect and is ranked fourth among Kamakura's Five Mountains; the main objects of worship are the three statues of Shaka and Amida Nyorai visible inside the main hall. The temple was founded in 1283 by Hōjō Munemasa and his son Hōjō Morotoki. However, because the temple opened the year Munemasa died at just 29 and because of Morotoki's age at the time, it's that his wife and Munemasa's younger brother Hōjō Tokimune had a hand in directing its building and its opening. Priest Nanshu Kōkai was invited to open the temple but, feeling too young and not up to the task, he asked the Hōjōs to nominate Gottan Funei and Daikyu Shonen, both Chinese Zen masters that had come to Japan invited by Hōjō Tokiyori; the temple has therefore the distinction of having three official founding priests. In her 1918 guide to Kamakura "Kamakura: Fact and Legend", Iso Mutsu had little to say about Jōchi-ji, other than it was in complete decay.
She dedicated to it just a half page. In fact, all you see today is new. At its peak, the temple was far bigger than now. All existing buildings were rebuilt after being lost during the Great Kantō earthquake. At the entrance there are a stone bridge and a gate. To the left there's the Well of Sweet Dew, one of the once-famous Ten Kamakura Wells. Above the gate stand the four characters 寶所在近, or "The treasure you are looking for is next to you". After a flight of stone stairs one finds a unusual feature: the Shōrōmon, a two-storied combination of shōrō and rōmon restored in 2007; the second story holds a bell made in the year 1340. In the main hall nearby are three images of Buddha, the main object of worship, which guard the past, the present and the future. Behind the main hall are the graveyard, some bamboo groves, numerous cave graves, the statue of Hotei, the god of good fortune or happiness. After having been touched by generations of Japanese wishing to improve their luck, his belly, his left earlobe and his index finger have been worn smooth.
The street that runs to the left of the front gate takes to the house behind the temple where movie director Yasujirō Ozu used to live in the'50. It's the starting point of a hiking course that in about 30 minutes will take you to the Zeniarai Benten Shrine. Getting there: The temple is near Kita-Kamakura Station. For an explanation of terms concerning Japanese Buddhism, Japanese Buddhist art, Japanese Buddhist temple architecture, see the Glossary of Japanese Buddhism. A Guide to Kamakura accessed on March 28, 2008 Kamakura Citizens Net, Kita-kamakura accessed on March 28, 2008 Mutsu, Iso. Kamakura. Fact and Legend. Tokyo: Tuttle Publishing. ISBN 0-8048-1968-8. OCLC 33184655
Temür Öljeytü Khan, born Temür known by the temple name Chengzong was the second emperor of the Yuan dynasty, ruling from May 10, 1294 to February 10, 1307. Apart from Emperor of China, he is considered as the sixth Great Khan of the Mongol Empire or Mongols, although it was only nominal due to the division of the empire, he was an able ruler of the Yuan, his reign established the patterns of power for the next few decades. His name means "blessed iron Khan" in the Mongolian language. Temür was the grandson of Kublai Khan. During his rule, the Tran and Champa dynasties and western khanates of the Mongol Empire accepted his supremacy. Temür was born the third son of Zhenjin of the Borjigin and Kökejin of the Khunggirad on October 15, 1265; because Kublai's first son Dorji died early, his second son and Temür's father, became the crown prince. However, he died in 1286. Kublai remained close to Zhenjin's widow Kökejin, high in his favor. Like his grandfather Kublai, Temür was a follower of Buddhism.
Temür followed his grandfather Kublai to suppress the rebellion of Nayan and other rival relatives in 1287. He and Kublai's official, Oz-Temür, came to guard the Liao River area and Liaodong in the east from Nayan's ally and defeated him. Kublai appointed Temür the princely overseer of Karakorum and surrounding areas in July 1293. Three Chagatai princes submitted to him. After Kublai Khan died in 1294, Kublai's old officials urged the court to summon a kurultai in Shangdu; because Zhenjin's second son Darmabala had died in 1292, only his two sons and Temür, were left to succeed. It was proposed that they hold a competition over who had better knowledge of Genghis Khan's sayings. Temür was declared the emperor. Temür Khan was a competent emperor of the Yuan dynasty, he kept the empire the way. He continued many of Kublai Khan's economic reforms and tried to recover the economy from the expensive campaigns of Kublai Khan's reign, he allowed the empire to heal from the wounds of the Vietnam Campaign.
Many other high posts of his empire were filled with people of different origin, including Mongols, Han Chinese, Muslims and a few Christians. Ideologically, Temür's administration showed respect for Confucian scholars. Shortly after his accession, Temür issued an edict to revere Confucius. Temür appointed Harghasun, close to the Confucian scholars, right grand chancellor in the secretariat; the Mongol court did not accept every principle of Confucianism. Temür bestowed new guards and assets on his mother and renamed her ordo Longfugong palace, which became a center of Khunggirad power for the next few decades. Mongol and westerner statesmen were assisted by an array of Chinese administrators and Muslim financers; the most prominent Muslim statesman was Bayan, great-grandson of Saiyid Ajall Shams al-Din, in charge of the Ministry of Finance. Under Mongol administrators Oljei and Harghasun, the Yuan court adopted policies that were designed to ensure political and social stability. Orders were given that portraits be painted of the khatuns during the reign of Temür.
The number of the Tibetans in the administration increased. The Khon family of Tibet was honored, one of them became an imperial son-in law in 1296. Temür reversed his grandfather's anti-Taoist policy and made Taoist Zhang Liusun co-chair of the Academy of Scholarly Worthies. In 1304, Temür appointed the Celestial master of Dragon and Tiger Mountain as head of the Orthodox Unity School, he banned sales and distillation of alcohol in Mongolia in 1297, the French historian René Grousset applauded his activity in the book, The Empire of Steppes. Temür was opposed to imposing any additional fiscal burden on the people. Exemptions from levies and taxes were granted all of the Yuan. After his enthronement, Temür exempted Shangdu from taxes for a year, he exempted the Mongol commoners from taxation for two years. In 1302 he prohibited the collection of anything beyond the established tax quotas; the financial state of the government deteriorated and the draining of monetary reserves weakened the credibility of the paper currency system.
Corruption among officials of the Yuan became a problem. During the last years of Temür, a peace among the Yuan dynasty and the western Mongol khanates was achieved around 1304 after the Kaidu–Kublai war that had lasted for more than 30 years and caused the permanent division of the Mongol Empire. Temür Khan was recognized as their nominal suzerain. While the peace itself was short-lived and the war soon resumed, this established the nominal supremacy of the Yuan dynasty over the western khanates that lasted for a few decades; because his only son Teshou died a year earlier, Temür died without a male heir, in the capital Khanbaliq on February 10, 1307. Soon after his enthronement in 1294, Temür called off all preparations for further expansions to Japan and the Đại Việt, whose new ruler ignored his grandfather's envoy in 1291. Temür sent his messengers to Champa to demand submissions. Champa accept
Zhejiang is an eastern coastal province of China. Zhejiang is bordered by Jiangsu and Shanghai to the north, Anhui to the northwest, Jiangxi to the west, Fujian to the south. To the east is the East China Sea, beyond which lie the Ryukyu Islands of Japan; the province's name derives from the Zhe River, the former name of the Qiantang River which flows past Hangzhou and whose mouth forms Hangzhou Bay. It is understood as meaning "Crooked" or "Bent River", from the meaning of Chinese 折, but is more a phono-semantic compound formed from adding 氵 to phonetic 折, preserving a proto-Wu name of the local Yue, similar to Yuhang and Jiang. Kuahuqiao culture was an early Neolithic culture that flourished in the Hangzhou area in 6,000-5,000 BC. Zhejiang was the site of the Neolithic cultures of the Liangzhu; the area of modern Zhejiang was outside the major sphere of influence of the Shang civilization during the second millennium BC. Instead, this area was populated by peoples collectively known as the Ouyue.
The kingdom of Yue began to appear in the chronicles and records written during the Spring and Autumn period. According to the chronicles, the kingdom of Yue was in northern Zhejiang. Shiji claims; the "Song of the Yue Boatman" was transliterated into Chinese and recorded by authors in north China or inland China of Hebei and Henan around 528 BC. The song shows that the Yue people spoke a language, mutually unintelligible with the dialects spoken in north and inland China; the Sword of Goujian bears bird-worm seal script. Yuenü was a swordswoman from the state of Yue. To check the growth of the kingdom of Wu, Chu pursued a policy of strengthening Yue. Under King Goujian, Yue recovered from its early reverses and annexed the lands of its rival in 473 BC; the Yue kings moved their capital center from their original home around Mount Kuaiji in present-day Shaoxing to the former Wu capital at present-day Suzhou. With no southern power to turn against Yue, Chu opposed it directly and, in 333 BC, succeeded in destroying it.
Yue's former lands were annexed by the Qin Empire in 222 BC and organized into a commandery named for Kuaiji in Zhejiang but headquartered in Wu in Jiangsu. Kuaiji Commandery was the initial power base for Xiang Liang and Xiang Yu's rebellion against the Qin Empire which succeeded in restoring the kingdom of Chu but fell to the Han. Under the Later Han, control of the area returned to the settlement below Mount Kuaiji but authority over the Minyue hinterland was nominal at best and its Yue inhabitants retained their own political and social structures. At the beginning of the Three Kingdoms era, Zhejiang was home to the warlords Yan Baihu and Wang Lang prior to their defeat by Sun Ce and Sun Quan, who established the Kingdom of Wu. Despite the removal of their court from Kuaiji to Jianye, they continued development of the region and benefitted from influxes of refugees fleeing the turmoil in northern China. Industrial kilns were established and trade reached as far as Manchuria and Funan. Zhejiang was part of the Wu during the Three Kingdoms.
Wu known as Eastern Wu or Sun Wu, had been the economically most developed state among the Three Kingdoms. The historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms records that Zhejiang had the best-equipped, strong navy force; the story depicts how the states of Wei and Shu, lack of material resources, avoided direct confrontation with the Wu. In armed military conflicts with Wu, the two states relied intensively on tactics of camouflage and deception to steal Wu's military resources including arrows and bows. Despite the continuing prominence of Nanjing, the settlement of Qiantang, the former name of Hangzhou, remained one of the three major metropolitan centers in the south to provide major tax revenue to the imperial centers in the north China; the other two centers in the south were Chengdu. In 589, Qiantang was renamed Hangzhou. Following the fall of Wu and the turmoil of the Wu Hu uprising against the Jin dynasty, most of elite Chinese families had collaborated with the non-Chinese rulers and military conquerors in the north.
Some may have lost social privilege, took refugee in areas south to Yangtze River. Some of the Chinese refugees from north China might have resided in areas near Hangzhou. For example, the clan of Zhuge Liang, a chancellor of the state of Shu Han from Central Plain in north China during the Three Kingdoms period, gathered together at the suburb of Hangzhou, forming an exclusive, closed village Zhuge Village, consisting of villagers all with family name "Zhuge"; the village has intentionally isolated itself from the surrounding communities for centuries to this day, only came to be known in public. It suggests that a small number of powerful, elite Chinese refugees from the Central Plain might have taken refugee in south of the Yangtze River. However, considering the mountainous geography and relative lack of agrarian lands in Zhejiang, most of these refugees might have resided in some areas in south China beyond Zhejiang, where fertile agrarian lands and metropolitan resources were available southern Jiangsu, eastern Fujian, Hunan and provinces where less cohesive, organized r
Kenchō-ji is a Rinzai Zen temple in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, which ranks first among Kamakura's so-called Five Great Zen Temples and is the oldest Zen training monastery in Japan. These temples were at the top of the Five Mountain System, a network of Zen temples started by the Hōjō Regents. Still large, it had a full shichidō garan and 49 subtemples; the sangō is Kofukusan. The temple was constructed on the orders of Emperor Go-Fukakusa and completed in 1253, fifth year of the Kenchō era, from which it takes its name, it was founded by Rankei Doryū, a Chinese Zen master who moved to Japan in 1246, spending some years in Kyushu and Kyoto before coming to Kamakura. Kamakura Regent Hōjō Tokiyori was the temple's main patron during its early years; the sponsorship was spiritual as well as political: the Kamakura Gozan, organization of which this temple was head, had an important role in the shogunate's organization. The system, to which the Ashikaga added a series of five temples in Kyoto called the Kyoto Gozan, was adopted to promote Zen in Japan however, there as it had happened in China, it was soon controlled and used by the country's ruling classes for their own administrative and political ends.
The Gozan system allowed the temples at the top to function as de facto ministries, using their nationwide network of temples for the distribution of government laws and norms, for the monitoring of local conditions for their military superiors. The Hōjō first, the Ashikaga were therefore able to disguise their power under a religious mask, while monks and priests worked for the government as translators and advisers. Under their masters' patronage, Kenchō-ji and the Five Mountain temples became centers of learning and developed a characteristic literature called the Japanese Literature of the Five Mountains. During the Japanese Middle Ages, its scholars exerted a far-reaching influence on the internal political affairs of the country; the Gozan system declined with the dissolution of the Ashikaga shogunate which had sponsored it. Kenchō-ji's own renaissance came in the 19th century under the guidance of Zen master Aozora Kandō. Kenchō-ji consisted of a shichidō garan with 49 subtemples, but most of these were lost in fires in the 14th and 15th centuries.
It still is a classic example of a Zen garan with its buildings aligned north to south. The complex consists of ten subtemples, its most important structures include: The Sōmon, where the ticket booths are, moved here from the Hanju Zanmai-in temple in Kyoto. The Sanmon, built in 1754 with donations from all over the Kantō region. According to a popular legend, a raccoon dog helped raise the money transforming himself into a monk to repay the kindness of the temple's priests. For this reason today the sanmon is called Tanuki-mon; the Bonshō, cast in 1255, a National Treasure. The Butsuden, an Important Cultural Property, moved to Kamakura from Zōjō-ji in Tokyo in 1647; the Hattō, built in 1814, where public ceremonies are held. It is the largest Buddhist wooden structure in Eastern Japan; the Karamon, another Important Cultural Property, was brought here from Zōjō-ji together with the Butsuden. The Hōjō moved from the Hanju Zanmai-in in Kyoto, used for religious ceremonies; the Monastery, where monks are trained in meditation, however permanently closed to the public.
It consists of the administrative offices. The large Zen garden behind the Hōjō called Shin-ji Ike and, shaped like the Chinese character for mind, was designed by famous Zen teacher, scholar and garden designer Musō Soseki. A recent ceiling painting by Koizumi Junsaku portraying a dragon decorates the ceiling of the Hattō, the building behind the Butsuden. For this reason, the Hattō is called Ryūō-den. In front of the Butsuden stand some great Chinese juniper trees which have been designated Natural Treasures. At the time of the founding of the temple, these big trees were simple saplings brought from China by the founder Doryū. Underneath the biggest a great stone monument surrounded by chains commemorates those of Kamakura's citizens who died during the Russo-Japanese war of 1904-5. Near the end of the temple's garden, over a hill stands the Hansōbō, the temple's large tutelary Shinto shrine; the enshrined spirit is the Hansōbō Daigongen. The gongen was the tutelary spirit of Hōkō-ji in Shizuoka and was brought here in 1890 by Aozora Kandō.
The statues on the stairs leading to the shrine represent Tengu, entities similar to goblins which accompany the gongen. Some of the creatures have wings and a beak: they are a type of tengu called Karasu-tengu because of the way they look. On a clear day, from the shrine one can see Mount Fuji to the west, Sagami bay and Izu Ōshima to the south; the stones in the garden are full of names: they are those of the faithful who donated to the temple, which belong to over 100 different religious organizations. This area used to be the temple's Inner Sanctuary, which still stands among the trees at the top of the hill and which can be reached going up the steep stairs that begin on the right of the shrine, in front of the Jizō-dō. Next to the sanctuary there's an observation deck from which, on clear days, are visible Kamakura and Mount Fuji. At the end of the garden, next to the Hansōbō, on a small hill overlo
Not to be confused with Enryaku-ji in Kyoto. Zuirokusan Engaku Kōshō Zenji, or Engaku-ji, is one of the most important Zen Buddhist temple complexes in Japan and is ranked second among Kamakura's Five Mountains, it is situated in the city in Kanagawa prefecture to the south of Tokyo. Founded in 1282 (Kamakura period, the temple maintains the classical Chinese Zen monastic design, both the Shariden and the Great Bell are designated National Treasures. Engaku-ji is one of the twenty-two historic sites included in Kamakura's proposal for inclusion in UNESCO's World Heritage Sites, it is located in Kita-Kamakura close to Kita-Kamakura Station on the Yokosuka Line, indeed the railway tracks cut across the formal entrance to the temple compound, by a path beside a pond, crossed by a small bridge. The temple was founded in 1282 by a Chinese Zen monk Mugaku Sōgen at the request of the ruler of Japan, the regent Hōjō Tokimune after he had repelled a Mongolian invasion in the period 1274 to 1281. Tokimune had a long-standing commitment to Zen and the temple was intended to honour those of both sides who died in the war, as well as serving as a centre from which the influence of Zen could be spread.
According to the records of the time, when building work started a copy of the Sutra of Perfect Enlightenment was dug out of the hillside in a stone chest during the initial building works, giving its name to the temple. The fortunes of the temple waned over the centuries, its present form is owed to the Zen priest Seisetsu Shucho known as Daiyu Kokushi, who reconstructed and consolidated it towards the end of the Edo era. A important year for these reforms and the history of the temple was 1785, the "500th Anniversary of the Fundation". In the Meiji era, Engaku-ji became the chief centre for Zen instruction in the Kantō region. Zazen courses are still held in the temple, with open meditations sessions every morning and every saturday afternoon. There's a sermon the 2nd and 4th sunday of the month at 9:00 am, followed by a session of zazen; these activities are held at the main hall and Hojo buildings respectively. A four day "Summer Lecture Series" is organized yearly in late July. Fire has damaged many of the buildings at different times, the dates given below refer to the building of the structures seen.
From the entrance, the buildings of the temple rise up a wooded hillside, with the major buildings in a straight line in the Chinese style. There are altogether 18 temples on the site; the two-storied main gate, or Sanmon, was rebuilt in 1785, as part of the reconstruction works lead by Seisetsu. A wooden placque of calligraphic work by the Emperor Fushimi reads "Engaku Kōshō Zenji". On the upper floor there are statues enshrined of Bodhisattva, the Sixteen Arhats and the Twelve Heavenly Generals; the roof is covered with copper. It is designated an Important Cultural Property of the Kanagawa Prefecture; the large modern Butsuden at the center of the Engaku-ji complex was rebuilt in 1964, after it was destroyed by the Great Kanto Earthquake. The construction of this new building, surrounded by junipers, was made following a plan from 1573, it is dedicated to Hokan Shaka Nyorai, enshrined there, the main object of worship of the temple. This seated statue dates from the late Kamakura period. Statues of Bonten and Taishakuten in the same hall date from 1692.
A painting of a dragon in the ceiling was painted by Tadashi Moriya under the supervision of Seison Maeda. Above the front entrance there is a plaque of calligraphy from Emperor Go-Kogon which reads Daikomyohoden. Sembutsudo is a thatch-roofed hall for Zen meditation and a sutra repository, built in 1699; the Kojirin is a Zen meditation hall for lay trainees. Meditation sessions are held here most sundays, both for first-time participants and for the general public. Both building stand left of the Butsuden, are open to the public. Cast by Mononobe Kunimitsu in August of 1301, the Great Bell of Engaku-ji is at 2.6 metres tall the largest of all the many temple bells of Kamakura (in fact the largest in Kantō. It was made by order of Hojo Sadatoki, after he confined himself in the Benzaiten shrine in Enoshima; this bell and the one at Kenchō-ji are the only ones designated National Trasure in that category of crafts in the Kanagawa prefecture. A waniguchi gong from 1540 hangs in the belfry, it designated an Important Cultural Property.
Bentendo is dedicated to the Benzaiten shrine in Enoshima. According to the legend, the cast of the Ogane successful thanks to the protection of Benzaiten. Once every 60 years a grand ceremony is held between both temples; the Shariden, is a 3×3 hall, single-storied, irimoya style, with a pent roof enclosure, covered with hinoki cypress bark shingles. It is the only building with the designation of National Trasure in the Kanagawa prefecture; the original structure, built in 1285 by Hōjō Sadatoki, was destroyed by a fire in 1563. The current building was transferred from the Taiheiji convent in Nishi Mikado, but it still dates from the Muromachi period; the structure is typical of kara-yo called Zenshu-yo, introduced from China in the Kamakura period, with an style close to that of