Public Spaces

To commemorate the 500th memorial of its priest Rennyo (1415–1499), the unifier of the Jodo Shinshu school, the temple Higashi Honganji built a new visitor center. Designed by Shin Takamatsu, the structure is rare for its modern design, and was made three-stories deep in order to preserve the temple’s historic scenery. The circular ceiling symbolizes the sun and the moon, and after dark the light pouring from the underground construction creates a crescent.

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