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Painted Lotuses at Shoren-in Temple

Kyoto temple with high class connections

In November 2014 I went to Kyoto to enjoy autumn leaves, and visited several famous temples.

This story focuses on Shoren-in Temple, which is famous for an image of its blue guardian deity - a National Treasure. Shoren-in is one of the Monzeki Temples, and the head priests traditionally come from aristocratic or imperial lineage. Because this temple can boast of noble connections, it is commonly called 'Awata Imperial Palace'.

Along with the brilliant maple leaves here, the lotus paintings on the sliding doors of guest rooms in Kachoden Hall are marvelous. Especially, the blue lotus paintings painted by Hideki Kimura are extraordinary.