02 Japanese Culture

Shimamura Shumpyo 嶋村俊表

On the wall of Shakado, or the hall of Buddha, at Naritasan Shinshoji Temple in Chiba Prefecture, a relief of wood carving depicting 500 Rakan is displayed. The sculptor is Shumpyo Shimamura. He was the 8th generation of the prestigious Shimamura family who was in charge of sculptures of temples and shrines officially recognized by the Edo Shogunate. Unlike the stone Buddha statue, it is not very noticeable, but it is a wonderful work. The 500 Rakan, or Arhat, refers to the 500 disciples who followed the Buddha. In Japan and China, there is a belief in the 500 Arhats, and there are many arts and crafts with this motif. The most famous 500 Rakans in Japan include Tokuzoji Temple in Ashikaga City, Tochigi Prefecture, Kenchoji Temple in Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture, and Rakanji Temple in Nakatsu City, Oita Prefecture.


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