Jōchi-ji temple in Kamakura
Jōchi-ji is ranked fourth among Kamakura’s Five Mountains. The greenery-covered compound is a designated national historic site.
Hōjō Munemasa, the third son of the fifth regent of the Kamakura Shogunate Hōjō Tokiyori, died at the young age of 29. His older brother, the eight regent Hōjō Tokimune, founded the temple to pray for Munemasa’s happiness. Munemasa’s wife and his child, Morotoki, assisted with the practical aspects of its foundation.
It was originally a fairly large temple, but is said to have decayed along with the collapse of the old capital Kamakura beginning in the mid-15th century. It was mostly destroyed in the Great Kantō Earthquake of 1923.
Therefore, the current temple consists mostly of reconstructions from the Shōwa period and later.
The magnificence of the old Jōchi-ji is no longer palpable, but the many trees and flowers that now surround the area lend it an eccentric elegance.
Meanwhile, the hall called dongeden enshrines three sitting Buddha statues, representing the past, present, and future, known as the sanzei-butsu zazō.
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