- [ 翻譯此頁 ]Higashi Honganji (東本願寺, Higashi Hongan-ji), or, the Eastern Temple of the Original Vow, is one of two dominant sub-sects of Shin Buddhism in Japan and ...
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'Slam Dunk' artist's folding screen honors monk Shinran
By MASHIO TAKEDA Staff Writer
Manga artist Takehiko Inoue stands beside a folding screen he drew featuring Shinran at Higashi-Honganji temple in Kyoto on March 26. (Photos by Mashio Takeda)Inoue kneels beside his folding screen depicting the 13th-century monk Shinran and his followers.
KYOTO--Takehiko Inoue, creator of the basketball manga "Slam Dunk" and the "Vagabond" series about swordsman Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645), unveiled in late March a folding screen he drew featuring the 13th-century Buddhist monk Shinran, founder of the Jodo Shinshu sect.
A free public viewing of the decorative screen is on at Higashi-Honganji temple in the city's Shimogyo Ward from April 4 to 17.
Last year, leaders of the Higashi-Honganji temple asked Inoue, 44, to do the job as part of a project to commemorate the 750th anniversary of the death of Shinran. The idea to ask the popular manga artist came from younger monks at the temple.
To develop his ideas for the huge folding screen, Inoue visited places closely associated with the renowned monk. The work was completed March 10 at his Tokyo studio.
Shinran gained many followers during the Kamakura Period (1192-1333). His teachings say that anyone can attain entry to the Pure Land (Heaven) by chanting "Namu Amida Butsu."
Inoue portrayed Shinran and his followers wading through a muddy river on a series of folding panels that stand 2.12 meters high by 5.82 meters wide.
"I drew it imagining Shinran as a person in his 30s or 40s who lived among the people," Inoue said.
The Higashi-Honganji leaders said they plan to reproduce the folding screen images on posters and postcards for sale. Profits from the sales will be donated as relief funds for victims of the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake, it added.