by 043 TSwift on October 31, 2016 - 11:32pm
Do you know Kinkaku-ji? It’s a temple in Kyoto. Kyoto has lots of famous buildings, temples and shrines. Among of all them, Kinkaku-ji is known as a very popular sightseeing spot by many people all over the world, and this is an eye-catching place. Well then, what are the history and influences of people in Japan and other countries?
First, I will talk about a history of Kinkaku-ji briefly. The reliquary hall whose central building is a beautiful palace is decorated with gold, so it is called “Kinkaku-ji” or Golden Pavilion, but actually a true name is “Rokuon-ji”. It is the temple built by Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, the third Muromachi shogunate in the 1390s. In fact, the retired shogun lived in shameless luxury while the rest of the nation suffered from hunger because of famine, earthquakes and plague. Also, it was destroyed by arson done by a priest on July 2, 1950, and it disappeared, so the Kinkaku-ji now was built newly and isn’t the one from those days. In other words, this is restoration. However, before the fire, it was not so gaudy as now. This was the construction which represents Kitayma culture; the culture developed the mountain cottage which Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, a Shogun ran in Kitayama, Kyoto in the Muromachi era, which is 1392 years to 1573 years, was registered with world’s cultural and natural heritage as cultural assets in an ancient city, Kyoto in 1994. ( Ieda, 2015 ) Kinkaku-ji has such a long history.
Second, why do people in Japan go to see Kinkaku-ji? First, Kinkaku-ji was built in Kyoto which is very popular as a tourist spot. Second, it is known to Japanese well, because there is a lot of exposure of each media. Third, it left somewhere of their memory as a famous place with the name, because the Ashikaga shogunate and Ashikaga Yoshimitsu appeared certainly in Japanese history education. Also, after a lot of people visit there by a school trip, they visit there again as a memorial place. Kinkaku-ji is a traditional temple for many Japanese people.
Third, why do people in other countries go to see Kinkaku-ji? First, they can feel and see a traditional culture in Japan. Second, it is easy to be included in a sightseeing course because there are many other different tourist spots nearby. Though it’s a temple, it is a tourist spot, so it doesn’t look like an ordinary temple. In other words, it lacks the solemn atmosphere. It is flashy and powerful. According to these reasons, Kinkaku-ji is loved by many tourists overseas.
Finally, Kinkaku-ji is a very famous and popular temple. Also, it takes eighth place by “TripAdvisor Best Attraction by Foreign Travelers Ranking 2016", but I have never been there. If I have a chance, I want to go there. Kinkaku-ji is a famous eye-catching place in Japan.