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Updated: March 27, 2020
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Note: This event will not take place in 2020.
In the year 741, Emperor Shomu ordered the provinces under his command to build temples, in order to stabilize his rule after a series of earthquakes, famines, smallpox epidemics, and political turmoil that had happened in quick succession. In the province of Musashi, a Buddhist temple and nunnery were built to the east and west, respectively, of the Tosando Musashi-michi Road, which connected the provincial capital with the Imperial capital. The site's grounds and buildings were among the largest in the country. Although its main hall was lost to a fire caused by military conflict, it was designated as a National Historic Site in 1922 due to its historical significance.
At the Musashi Kokubunji Temple Remains, history and nature come together. The site is known for its astounding beauty as a cherry blossom viewing spot in spring. In the evening, the trees are lit up to create an even more fantastic scene.
Note: This event is sponsored by the Tokyo Nightlife Tourism Grant, a program run jointly by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Tokyo Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Prize Winner in the 40th Kokubunji Photography Contest: Sakura no Shita de Hitoyasumi (Enjoying a rest under the cherry blossoms)
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