Hi everyone! It’s Ayumi, a Saniwa as well as a writer at MANGA.TOKYO, and I keep on failing the Muramasa Challenge.
This is Part 2 of my journey to the shrines and temples which are related to Touken Danshi in Kyoto, where ‘Touken Ranbu -ONLINE-: Kyo no Kiseki Stamp Rally Ⅱ’ is taking place from 21 January 2017.
‘Touken Ranbu -ONLINE-: Kyo no Kiseki Stamp Rally II’: Exploring Kyoto and Touken Ranbu~Vol. 1
In this article, I’m going to write about Mibu-dera as well as Honno-ji, which is famous as the place where Nobunaga Oda met his final fate. The good thing is that they are both easy to reach! Can you guess which Touken Danshi I’m meeting…?
The day I visited was on the Setsubun ceremony day, so the staff were very busy.
Mibu-dera is situated close to the place where the Shinsengumi were stationed. It’s also famous for its performance of Mibu Kyogen (ancient comic drama). Well, you know who I’m meeting today, now (laugh).
Can you see halos on Izuminokami Kanesada and Nagasone Kotetsu?
Horikawa Kunihiro is here, too.
Nagasone Kotetsu is said to have belonged to Isami Kondo, the lead commander of the Shinsengumi. Izuminokami Kanesada and Horikawa Kunihiro belonged to Toshizou Hijikata, the vice-commander. There is the tomb of Kamo Serizawa, the original lead commander at the same place where their panels are, so please keep quiet to show respect. If you see a woman who’s trying to restrain her moe scream, she might be me, as I often go there (laugh).
I didn’t forget to receive a Goshuin from Mibu-dera.
As a hardcore fan of the Shinsengumi for over 15 years, I became overwhelmed with just the letters of ‘Mibu’. It’s awesome.
After my worship, I headed to my next destination, Honno-ji, on foot. It’ll take about 20 minutes and you can enjoy the scenery along the way. Don’t miss the Mikazuki Munechika’s panel at Randen Shijo Omiya station, which you won’t notice if you get on a bus immediately after Mibu-dera.
This is Honno-ji which is always burned, not only in Touken Ranbu, but also in many media. You can eat ‘Burning Honno-ji Curry’ at Toei Kyoto Studio Park during the ‘Touken Ranbu -Hanamaru-: Kyo no Kiseki Hanamaru Festival’.
Honno-ji is well known as the place where Nobunaga Oda met his final fate. He set the temple alight on the night of the Honno-ji incident. The legendary history and the fact that no-one knew his whereabouts after the incident has inspired us for generations. It also demonstrates our affection towards Nobunaga. The current temple was actually rebuilt by Hideyoshi Toyotomi and the burned temple was supposedly situated not here, but at Shijo Horikawa. There is a stone monument to indicate the site. Please take a look if you are interested in it.
Two Touken Danshi stand in front of the main hall.
Yagen Toushirou and Fudou Yukimitsu welcome me here. I became emotional remembering their adventures. Today is a weekday, but there are so many girls here taking pictures of them. Watching them running to the panels makes me smile.
Although Honno-ji is situated in the center of Kyoto city, it’s far from the city’s hustle and bustle. The occasional sound of the bell purifies my mind. It’s conveniently situated to be reached by public transport. I recommend you come here at the end of your visit, as you can enjoy shopping or dinner in the Shijo area afterwards.
The Goshuin from Honno-ji. Its dynamic writing is impressive.
An easy and relaxing visit!
The two temples I visited today are both situated in the center of the city which I’m very familiar with. It took only two hours ,including an occasional swing-by. It’s definitely the easiest visits in my ‘Touken Ranbu -ONLINE-: Kyo no Kiseki Stamp Rally Ⅱ’ ~ Exploring Kyoto and Touken Ranbu~ Vol. 2. You can visit both temples while sightseeing or shopping in Kyoto.
My next article will be the last in this series. I’ll visit the remaining shrines and temples in one go! Some of them are located a bit far away. Will I complete my Goshuin visit? Yes! I have to complete it to keep my dignity as a Saniwa writer!! The only way is to keep going now! You’re gonna love it!