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Horyu-ji is a Buddhist temple complex in Japan and contains some of the oldest wooden structures in the world. Located in Ikaruga, Horyu-ji was first built around 607 C.E. but most of the existing buildings come from around 670 C.E. The individual…

During the reign of Emperor Shomu (701-756 C.E), Japan endured a period of great cultural output brought about by state patronage. Throughout his life, Shomu devoted large sums of money for the creation of elaborate Buddhist temples and artifacts…

Founded by Prince Shotoku in 593 C.E., Shitennoji is dedicated to the Shitenno, or the four heavenly kings. Although the current structure is a modern reconstruction, the original building was built at the end of lengthy war that took place in…
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