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  • Founded: 1710, Shimazu Yoshitaka
  • Japanese: 大雄山仏日寺南泉院 (Daio-zan butsunichi-ji Nansen-in)

Nansen-in was a Tendai Buddhist temple in Kagoshima, a branch temple of Kan'ei-ji, established in 1710 by Shimazu Yoshitaka. The temple served as the fure-gashira for Satsuma, Ôsumi, and Hyûga provinces, communicating messages from Enryaku-ji or Kan'ei-ji to all other Tendai temples in that region.

The spirits of the first five Tokugawa shoguns were enshrined there, in a Tôshôgû shrine established at the same time. The temple & shrine were regularly visited by Ryukyuan officials visiting or temporarily resident in Kagoshima.

In 1862, the spirit of Shimazu Nariakira was enshrined there as well, being relocated two years later to the then newly-completed Terukuni Shrine.

References

  • Miyagi Eishô 宮城栄昌, Ryûkyû shisha no Edo nobori 琉球使者の江戸上り, Tokyo: Daiichi Shobô (1982), 81.
  • Ono Masako, Tomita Chinatsu, Kanna Keiko, Taguchi Megumi, "Shiryô shôkai Kishi Akimasa bunko Satsuyû kikô," Shiryôhenshûshitsu kiyô 31 (2006), 237.

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