Heian-kyo – Kyoto Sacred Grounds
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Heiankyo (about 10 ha / 1,075,268 sq ft) is located in Sagano area in Kyoto where the remnant of ancient days of the Heian Era (794 – 1185) still remains. This area has managed to keep the beauty of the historical appearances protected under the law and regulations.
Sitting at the foot of mountains by the Hirosawa Pond, Heiankyo has a breathtaking beautiful spacious garden of 5ha/ 537,634 sq ft with two streams, 100 different rare kinds of wild grasses, and seasonable flowers and trees such as plum, cherry, and maple trees.There is a bamboo grove (about 1 ha / 107,526 sq ft) at the back of the garden.
It also has an observatory, where you can look over the beautiful whole area of Sagano from the top of it.
You’ll be able to enjoy the beauty of the four seasons there. The Hirosawa Pond has been well-known as a sight for moon viewing. It is said in Japan that the moon looks the most beautiful in spring and autumn.
Therefore, our garden is open to the general public as well as members both in spring and in autumn.Surrounding mountains and the Hirosawa Pond appear to be the part of the garden. In such an attractive environment, you can experience Japanese tea ceremony outside, or open-air stages of Gagaku (traditional Japanese dance and music) and Hougaku (Japanese traditional music).
Kyoto Sacred Grounds (Heian-kyo)
The Heian-kyo is located in the northwest section of Kyoto, an area rich in the atmosphere of the classical period of Japanese history. Heian was the name of Kyoto when it was the capital of Japan, and it means “peace” or “tranquility.” The Heian-kyo can be referred to as the “paradise of tranquility.” This place was designated as one of the Sacred Grounds in October 1952. Meishu-sama taught that the Shinsen-kyo in Hakone, the Zuiun-kyo in Atami and the Heian-kyo in Kyoto form a trinity in the Divine Light Program; when these three Sacred Grounds are completed, the prototypes for paradise on earth will be realized.
Of the three places that Meishu-sama designated as Sacred Grounds, the Kyoto Heian-kyo was not developed for nearly fifty years. But under the leadership of Sandai-sama, the Izunome Kyodan began its construction on a full scale, and completed Kenshu-Center (Conference Center) in 2003, and now working on the landscaping gardens. Retreat of Spring and Autumn (Shunju-an) This beautiful wooden house is built in pure Japanese style and contains approximately 228 m2 (2451 square feet). Between 1951 and 1955, Meishu-sama traveled throughout western Japan seven times, mostly in Spring and Fall, and stayed at this house on these occasions, hence this name.
Conference Center (Kenshu-Center)
Under the current construction plan, this Conference Center was newly built and inaugurated in 2003, with renovated ecological devices using EM (Effective Micro-organisms). It has a small chapel (about 200 seats), a lecture hall, many Japanese style rooms (where you put out mattress and sleep on the floor at night, and have discussion groups at day). This is mainly used for seminars and accomodations so that members can help and enjoy the gardening works at the Kyoto Sacred Grounds.
This Miroku Tower, a 13-storied small pagoda, is the oldest among the construction works by Meishusama. He had this stone pagoda made in 1930, as commemoration of one of his first divine inspirations.
Soon after this ceremony, he sold his business and focused on the Divine Light work. This was originally located in Tokyo, thought to be lost somehow; however, it was found in mid 1970’s in the garden of the Goto Art Museum. After long discussions, the museum donated this historical monument of Meishu-sama to the church, and it was placed in the Kyoto Sacred Grounds in 1992 thanks to the effort of the former president of Sekai Kyusei Kyo, Rev. Yasushi Matsumoto.
When cherry trees are in full bloom, the Kannou-kai (appreciating cherry blossoms) is held every year. Heiankyo is crowded with many people then.
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