Manpuku-ji Temple


長年の経験から、ほかの品種では溶けてしまうため、青森産のふじを採用。 撮影/伊藤信、文/婦人画報編集部

Buddhist temple influenced by Chinese culture

Ingen, the Chinese Buddhist priest from Fujian Province, China, opened this temple in 1661.  He named it Obakuzan Manpuku-ji Temple which was the same name as his temple in China.  For the first 13 generations the head priest was Chinese.  A Japanese priest assumed the positions starting from the 22nd generation.  Both the architectural style and atmosphere are typical of the Ming style in China, naturally exhibiting an entirely different sense from other Japanese temples.  Parapets, ceilings in arch form, round windows, peach designs inscribed on the doors…  These are classical Chinese architectural designs that will make you feel an exotic mood even in Kyoto.  Ingen brought a number of cultural forms from China to Japan, for example, art, architecture, and printing technology.  Not only religious objects but he also introduced Fucha Buddhist cuisine, watermelon, lotus roots, Moso bamboo and many other new things to Japan.  He had a huge influence on Japanese culture in the Edo period (1600-1868).  Visitors can experience the Chinese style Fucha cuisine and lunch set that people in those days enjoyed (reservation required). 


Name Manpuku-ji Temple
Address 34 Gokasho Sanbanwari, Uji
Tel 0774-32-3900
Hours 9:00-17:00 (enter by 30 min. before the closing time)
Recommended Entry: 500 yen
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    Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC. ,
    Fujin-gaho,December issue,2013