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[Kara-mon Gate(National Important Cultural Property)]
This “four-legged” lacquered gate was built in Momoyama-era-Muko-karahafu-style(the alte 16th century Japanese foof architect style) and has many elaborately designed metal parts all over it.
They are similar to the decorations on Butsu-den.
Kara-mon Gate was constructed for the otamaya(mausoleum) for Ogo no Kata(the wife of Tokugawa Hidetada, the second shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate) at Zojo-ji Temple in Shiba, Tokyo, in 1628.
It was donated to Kenchi-ji Temple, along with Butsu-den and Seirai-mon Gate, and used as the front gate for Hojo(Ryuo-den).
The gate took on a new luster after a complete overhaul in 2011.

 

[Teien Garden(National Historic Site)]
Teien Garden with the Sampeki-chi(Sampeki Pond) was created by the founder of Kencho-ji Temple, Rankei Doryu,at the time the temple was founded.
A temple pond is usually located in front of the temple, but the pond at Kencho-ji Temple is uniquely located at the very back of the grounds.
Around the pond are the Tokugetsu-ro, Daikyakuden, and Hojo buildings that were used for receiving guests.
The current garden went through a major renovation in 2003 in commemoration of its 750th anniversary.
The two-story building on the east side is called Tokugetsu-ro, which was created in 2002 as part of the commemoration of the 750th anniversary.
The name of the pond, Sampeki, describes the green color of trees reflected in the blue water.

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