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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Gesshoji Temple Matsudaira Tombs

 


Gesshoji Temple lies to the west of Matsue Castle and was used by the ruling Matsudaira clan as their funerary temple where tombs of succeeding daimyo were built


Consequently, the grounds are rather spacious, and not that well visited. 


The tomb of each daimyo has its own gate and there are plenty of stone lanterns given by vassals.


The gardens have a lot of hydrangeas, so in June and July it sees more visitors.


There are also Irises, cherry blossoms, and of course autumn foliage. There is a treasure hall with tea utensils and other artifacts from the clan, and a fine garden which I will cover in a later post.


Some of the gates to the tombs have some nice carvings, one in particular, the tomb of the 6th lord,  has a fine pair of carvings.


Thanks to Lafcadio Hearn, who lived nearby for less than a year, the most famous thing in the grounds is the giant stone turtle. He told how the turtle would wander around the area at night so the local residents placed the huge slab of stone on its back to prevent it....