Shomyo-ji Temple was established in 1258 as a family temple of Hojo Sanetoki, one of the Kamakura clans. The Jodo-style garden of the temple is called the Land of Perfect Bliss, and has a lake and a red arched bridge over it. The bridge connects the world of Buddha with our human world. When cherry blossom season comes, local people get together and enjoy the flowers under the trees, but the temple is actually very beautiful year round.
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。