Zojo-Ji Temple Part I


What stands out the most here at Zojo-Ji temple is the striking contrast between the old and new Japan. While its immediate neighborhood is dominated by modem buildings and Tokyo Tower, Zojo-ji feels like it has been stuck in a bubble where time moves at a slower pace to its surroundings.

Located a few steps away from Tokyo Tower, Zojo-ji temple is a buddhist temple and the main temple for the Chinzei branch of Jōdo-shū Buddhism. Built in 1393, it was only in 1598 that the Zoji-temple moved to its current location. To this date, only the Sangedatsumon Gate (main entrance) has succeeded in withstanding fires, earthquakes and wars, while the main building, also known as Daiden, has had to be rebuilt many times over.

While the main attraction here is the temple itself and the possibility for many to take a gorgeous picture of both Daiden (the main temple) with Tokyo Tower in its background, others come to Zojo-ji Temple to visit the Tokugawa mausoleum (only open during some special occasions and some public holidays) and its Jizō statues at the cemetery of Unborn Children that we will cover in depth in the second part of this video.


Ce qui est particulièrement intéressant ici, au temple Zojo-Ji, c’est le contraste frappant entre l’ancien et le nouveau Japon. Alors que ses bordures sont immédiatement dominées par les buildings et Tokyo Tower, Zojo-Ji donne l’impression d’avoir été enfermé dans une bulle qui l’a protégé de cette modernisation folle. A quelques pas de Tokyo Tower, Zojo-Ji est un site bouddhiste où le temple principal est dévoué à la branche Chinzei du bouddhisme Jodo-shu.
Fondé en 1393, ce n’est qu’en 1598 que le temple fut installé sur son site actuel. De nos jours, seul le portail Sangedatsumon (l’entrée principale) a survécu aux incendies, aux séismes, et aux guerres, tandis que son bâtiment principal, également nommé Daiden, a du être reconstruit maintes fois.

Alors que la principale attraction ici est la visite du temple et la possibilité de le prendre en photo avec Tokyo Tower en un même cliché, d’autres visiteurs s’intéresseront au mausolée Tokugawa (ouvert au public durant certains événements et certains jours fériés), et aux statues Jizo au cimetière des “Enfants à naître” que nous couvrirons dans une seconde partie.

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  • Very nice video. Zojoji is one of my favourite temples in the city. Actually the last time I was there late last year I’m pretty sure Daimon was undergoing some reconstruction/maintenance work. Watching this has almost motivated me to get out and make my own video!