Special Opening September 1- December 16, 2018
Modern Art at the temple dedicated to Ikkyu !?
Yes or no?
Ikkyu would say, “Everything is OK!
40 panels of fusuma were re-created by geniuses of modern art.
The Six Artists in Shinju-an
Kamikokuryo Isamu “Purus Terrae Pureland” in rei-no-ma, the lower room
Yamaga Hiroyuki, “I am somehow living on” in Danna-no-ma, the upper room
Kitami Ken’ichi, “Paradise” in Shicchu-no-ma, the main room
Ino Takayuki “Grown up Ikkyu”in Oshoin, the study room
Hamaji Soshu, “Hanshan and Shide” in Ehatsu-no-ma
Yamaguchi Kazuya “Ku-ka” in the altar room
About Shinju-an and Priest Ikkyu
Shinju-an, a sub-temple of Daitokuji, was founded to commemorate Ikkyu Sojun(1394-1481) 10 years after his death. Ikkyu was born as the son of Emperor Go-Komatsu and a noblewoman, but to avoid his being pulled into political conflicts, was entrusted to a zen temple at age five.
Ikkyu was a very unique kind of priest. He drank too much and loved women. He lived many years in a vagabond lifestyle. He lived as he was. His way of living without prejudice influenced all the people around him; Noh artists, tea masters, and poets. There are many funny stories about him. No doubt many of them are fictitious, but it shows us how Ikkyu has enchanted people. The animated film “Ikkyu-san” is loved by children all over Asia. Ikkyu is the best known zen monk in Asia.
Ikkyu was a critic, not only of the authorities, but also of the established religions, also Zen, for losing sight of their primary duty to help suffering people. Despite this, Ikkyu was appointed to be the 47th chief abbot of Daitokuji by the order of Emperor Go-Tsuchimikado, to restore Daitokuji Temple which had been destroyed by fire in the war. Ikkyu had a profound influence on Zen Buddhism as well as on Japanese culture.
Tsusen-in is a shoin-style building which had been a residence of a court lady of Emperor Ogimachi. It was transferred to Daitokuji temple from the Imperial Palace. Tsusen-in has an attached tea room called Teigyoku-ken designed by Sowa Kanamori. The fusuma panels are masterpieces by Kano Motonobu and Tosa Mitsuoki.
Shichi-Go-San no niwa
The East Garden was designed by Murata Shuko, the father of wabi-cha tea ceremony. It is a dry landscape garden known as the Seven-Five-Three Garden’ as it contains 15 stones in a 7-5-3 arrangement.
- Special Opening
- September 1-December 16, 2018
- Opening hours
- Adult 1,200 yen, High school student 600yen, Children under 12 years old free
(Children under 6 years old are not allowed to enter Tsusen-in.)
- October 19, 20 and 21