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"Kezuna" Higashi Honganji Temple Tip by tompt

Higashi Honganji Temple, Kyoto: 12 reviews and 26 photos

  Kezuna (hairrope)
by tompt

The most famous, and odd, thing in the Higashi Hongwanji is the kezuna. Kezuna means hairrope.
When the Founders Hall was build difficulties arose due to the weight of the timber. Conventinal ropes were not strong enough to transport the heavy beams. This delayed the work. Female believers donated their hair to weave massive ropes. 53 ropes were made and did the job. The largest rope measured 110 meters, had a circumference of 40 cm and weighed 1000 kg.
A rope can be seen in the corridor between the Founders Hall and the Amida Hall.

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  • Updated Aug 7, 2003
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