The name “Murin-an”
Characters of Murin-an
The Japanese written name for Murin-an is in kanji, Chinese characters. Today, Japanese use the modern common kanji in accordance with a daily-use and common kanji list. However, in the past one kanji had other variations or ways of writing it.
(1) 「無鄰菴」： The kanji (Chinese characters) inscribed on a tablet on the Main Building. Currently, the kanji that Kyoto City uses.
(2) 「無鄰庵」： The kanji used on June 9, 1951 when Murin-an was designated as a National Place of Scenic Beauty.
(3) 「無隣庵」： The name written in Japanese common kanji, which can be found in old newspapers.
Hence, these three ways of writing Murin-an in kanji are all correct of their own accord. Our company uses the same kanji as what is seen on Kyoto City’s website. (1)「無鄰菴」
More information about how Murin-an was written will be coming soon.