THE PARADE TOWARDS PARADISE: TAIMADERA TEMPLE’S NERIKUYO CEREMONY Andrew Thomas – TAASA Review September 2018
T aimadera temple lies at the centre of a picturesque village nestled against the Katsuragi mountain range on the western edge of the Nara plain in central Japan, close to Osaka and Kyoto.
The temple is believed to have been founded in 612, and moved to its present location in 681.
Within the grounds are several sub-temples from both the Jodo (Pure Land) and Shingon schools of Buddhism, each with finely maintained halls and beautiful gardens, collectively known as Taimadera. The rolling twin peaks of Mount Futakami sit directly to the north-west of the temple and have been the inspiration for many ancient poems and folk songs featured in the Man’ysh anthology of the Nara period...