Temple established by a Christian feudal lord in 1535
You may be surprised that this temple was established by a Christian feudal lord, Otomo Sorin, in 1535 as his Bodai-ji－a Japanese Buddhism temple that takes care of a family’s dead, buries them and performs ceremonies in their soul’s favor (Referenced Japanese dictionary “Iwanami Kojien”). In Zuiho-in Temple (Zuihoin), there are several Christian landmarks including a garden with a crucifix made of stone, Christian lanterns. The gardens were made by Mirei Shigemori, who was one of the most famous landscape gardeners in 1961, in commemoration of 400 years anniversary of foundation. Otomo Sorin, or his Christian name Don Francisco, worked very hard as a missionary for his followers in the Sengoku period. Though Christianity has never been taught at Zuiho-in Temple, this aspect of the life of its founding patron is both honored and respected as a part of Otomo’s legacy.