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Tenkai Daisojo

更新日:2017年02月27日

Tenkai was a famous Tendai sect priest active from the end of the Warring States period (1467-1603) into the beginning of the Edo period (1603-1868). It is said that he was born in Aizumisato's Takada. He was a man of many accomplishments, building Nikko Toshogu Shrine and the foundations of the Edo Shogunate. From a young age he had a thirst for knowledge, and when he was eleven years old he joined the Buddhist order at Ryuko-ji temple, where he trained and studied. He learned about Confucianism and history, and subsequently worked for the Ashina clan (the Aizu feudal lords), Takeda Shingen, and three Tokugawa shoguns, providing political and religious support.

After he passed away at the age of 108, he was given the name of Jigen Daishi by the imperial court to remember his accomplishments.

In the Takada area one can find various stone statues and graves related to Tenkai.

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