Kanmanji monastery, (near) Nikaho, Akita Prefecture, JP

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Kanmanji is one of the temples that may have been built by Ennin, sometime between 792 and 806. A legend ties it to Empress Jingû. Located on a hill near the coast of what is now Akita Prefecture, its name apparently derives from a connection with the local business of shellfish gathering. (There are various stories concerning the name). By the Kamakura period (1185–1333), Kanmanji was a Shingon establishment in decline. Hôjô Tokiyori, the fifth Kamakura shogunal regent, donated 20 chô of agricultural estates, thereby reviving it.

In 1587 Kanmanji became a Sôtô Zen establishment, and in the 17th century, it became a subtemple of Daijôji in Kaga Province. The famous poet Matsuo Bashô visited and composed a haiku.
- Uryû (2003): 215
- “Kanmanji” http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/蚶満寺

Input by: Lizbeth H. Piel, Aug 27, 2010

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 03 Jun 2013

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 200 m from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Kanmanji monastery, JP.

General location of the Kanmanji monastery, JP.
Lat 39.21490 Long 139.90368
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2010.

Google Map link:


Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Kanmanji 蚶満寺. Alternative English spelling: Kanman-ji

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Japan: Akita Prefecture

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat 39.21490 Long 139.90368 - based on the visual identification of the Kanmanji monastery in maps, maps.google.com - tmciolek, 28 Aug 2010.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

  • [missing data]

6. Modern name of the known nearest city, town, or village

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • Mahayana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • Tendai; Shingon; Since 1587 Sôtô Zen.

11. Date-early

  • 782–806 -Uryû (2003: 215)
  • MBM chrono-tag: 0767-99p 0800-32c - tmciolek 03 Jun 2013
  • 0767-99p 0800-32c 0833-66c 0867-99c 0900-32c 0933-66c 0967-99c 1000-32c 1033-66c 1067-99c 1100-32c 1133-66c 1167-99c 1200=> dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

  • 13th century -Uryû (2003: 215)

13. Date-late

  • MBM chrono-tag: 1200=> - tmciolek 03 Jun 2013

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • Architectural, documents

16. Additional notes

  • [missing data] (incl. details of the size of the monastic population)

17. Corrections & addenda to this page were kindly provided by

  • [missing data]

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