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The Holy Land Ningbo - Japan to visit the Maritime Silk Road "Ningbo Seal" 2014-06-09


Murals on the walls of Jianren Temple. (Photo by Qiu Wenxiong) On June 4, the reporter went to the Sensoji Temple, the oldest temple in Tokyo. This temple was built in 628 AD and has become a pilgrimage destination for Japanese people since the Edo period in Japan. Most of the buildings in Sensoji Temple were rebuilt in the “World War II”, but the architectural style followed the old days. The pillars and bucket arches of the two heads retained some features of the Zhedong architecture during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. On the north side of the Imperial Palace in the center of Tokyo, there is an ancient garden called "Horseland." Like the origin of the name of “Korakuen” in Ningbo, the name of this “Grand Paradise” is also derived from the famous poem of the Song Dynasty, Fan Zhongyan, “The Worry of the Underworld and the Joy of the World.” What makes the Ningbo people proud is that many of the landscapes of this garden were designed by the Ningbo philosopher Zhu Xishui, who went to Japan in the late Ming and early Qing dynasties. His name was also taken from his advice to the owner of the garden. Kyoto is our last stop to visit the remains of the Maritime Silk Road in Japan. As soon as I entered Kyoto, I felt that this ancient capital is very different from Tokyo: the whole city is quaint, and there are ancient buildings such as monasteries, shrines, and gardens. The tour guide said that there are more than 1,800 temples in Kyoto, including 17 in the world. Tianlong Temple is located at the foot of Mount Lushan, a scenic suburb of Kyoto. The temple was built 660 years ago. Tianlong Temple has a special role in the “reconstruction trade” between Japan and the Ming Dynasty. Due to the "sea ban" of the Ming Dynasty and Japan's "closed", the official trade between the two countries was once suspended. In 1432, the Japanese people who sent the Tianlong Temple to the Tianlong Temple as the "declaration of the Ming Dynasty", reopened the "reconciliation trade" with China, which marked the restoration of official traffic between China and Japan. Tianlong Temple consists of several courtyards, and Miaozhiyuan is one of them. Miao Zhiyuan once lived as one of the last two "declared ambassadors" to Ningbo, the curator of Zhou Yan. He stayed in Ningbo for a long time twice and made a group of literati scholars such as the calligrapher Feng Fang. We did not meet the abbot, but according to the management, some of the documents related to the “Declaration” are currently stored in the Kyoto Museum. Located in the downtown area of ​​Kyoto, the Linjizong Dabenshan Jianren Temple is the oldest Zen temple in Japan. His founder, Rongxi Zen Master, had entered the Song Dynasty twice, all from Mingzhou (Ningbo), and had worshipped Wangshan and Tiantongshan, and later lived in Tiantong Temple with his teacher. He started from Mingzhou and brought many Buddhist scriptures, poems and paintings and tea seeds back to Japan. Since then, Rongxi has become the ancestor of Zen Buddhism in Japan and the "tea ancestors." Jianren Temple is very clean and you need to change the slippers provided in the temple. In some rooms of the temple, the reporter found that there are many murals on the wall, and the contents are what I saw and heard when Rongxi Zen Master traveled to China. In the introduction of the life of Rongxi Zen Master, the reporter saw a clear record of "Mingzhou" and "Ayuwang Mountain". It is worth mentioning that in some museums in Japan, a large number of ancient Buddhist art works in Ningbo have been preserved so far. Just in July 2009, Japan’s second largest national museum held a special exhibition “Ningbo Ningbo – The Origin of Japanese Buddhism in 1300 Years”. The exhibition brings together more than 170 pieces of precious cultural relics listed in the "National National Treasures" and "Important Cultural Assets", which are exported from various major museums and religious temples in Japan, which have been exported from Ningbo Port since the Tang and Song Dynasties. The Zhejiang Provincial Museum also offers a large number of exhibits. As one of the sponsors, the Ningbo Tourism Association of China participated in the organization of the grand exhibition, which caused great repercussions in Japan at that time. "To refer to Ningbo as a "holy land" is enough to see the weight of Ningbo in the eyes of the Japanese." Fu Jianxing, chairman of the Ningbo Tourism Association, said proudly.