High Altar at Sensoji Temple

Illustration

James Blake Wiener
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published on 11 January 2018

This is a picture of the high altar at Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Japan, which is protected by a screen. In 645 CE, the renowned Buddhist priest Shokai visited Tokyo and built a hall for the worship of the Bodhisattva Kannon. (Many thus attribute Shokai as being the actual founder of Sensoji Temple.) Sensoji Temple grew in popularity in the mid-9th century CE when Ennin (794-864 CE), the head of the Tendai School of Buddhism, visited Sensoji Temple, and created a statue of Kannon for pilgrims and worshipers. Since then, Sensoji Temple has flourished, remaining a center of culture and worship in Tokyo.



About the Author

James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of Ancient History Encyclopedia and its Communications Director.

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