Anything goes at Shinju-an: Don’t miss the sliding door paintings!
Right now, there is a special viewing event taking place at Shinjuan, a sub-temple of Daitoku-ji. Until December 16, 2018, the traditional sliding door paintings of Shinjuan have been changed to new ones, for the first time in 400 years.
The people given the task of making these new sliding door paintings were manga artists, movie directors, and art directors for games; creative people working in many different fields. It’s unheard of that a temple is this welcoming to subculture-related art, but this is because the founder of Shinjuan, a Zen Buddhist monk named Ikkyu, was himself an unconventional person who could think outside of the box.
The harmony of traditional temple architecture and the world of games and manga is something that feels a bit strange, but the atmosphere also makes you forget about the time ticking away.
As for the temple, the reason why they’re holding this event is to get those people not really into temples and Zen Buddhism to visit it too. Shinjuan is not normally open to the public, so even getting to go inside is a rare treat, so even those don’t normally go to temples should give it a thought.