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August 8, 2011

Literature: Honganji temples in spring rain

The great Honganji temples north of Kyoto Station were already an important landmark in Edo times. "East Honganji" and "West Honganji" together occupied a huge slice of land in the city and were serviced by a "town before the gates" selling statues, frocks, beads, statues and other Buddhist implements, of course all made according to the Jodo Shin tradition.

The haiku poet Natsume Seibi (1749-1816) wrote therefore:
spring rains
both to the west and to the east
Honganji temples 
samidare ya | nishi mo higashi mo | Honganji 
[Higashi-Honganji]