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Coordinates : 34°28′43″N 135°49′13″E / 34.478731°N 135.820214°E / 34.478731; 135.820214 Front of the Main Hall at Asuka-dera, Asuka, Nara Great Buddha of Asuka-dera
Asuka-dera

ASUKA-DERA (飛鳥寺), also known as HōKō-JI (法興寺), is a Buddhist
Buddhist
temple in Asuka , Nara . Asuka-dera
Asuka-dera
is regarded as one of the oldest temples in Japan.

CONTENTS

* 1 Temple complex * 2 See also * 3 References * 4 Bibliography * 5 External links

TEMPLE COMPLEX

A number of records refer to the origin of the temple, such as the Nihongi and Fusō-ryakuki. The original buildings of what was then called Hōkō-ji were constructed in 588, shortly after the introduction of Buddhism to Japan, under the orders of Soga no Umako . The temple was built using the guidance of craftsmen from the ancient Korean kingdom of Baekje
Baekje
.

Following the transfer of the capital from Asuka to Heijō-kyō
Heijō-kyō
(now Nara city ), the buildings of Asuka-dera
Asuka-dera
were also removed from the original site in Asuka to Nara in 718 CE, and developed into a huge temple under the name of Gangō-ji
Gangō-ji
. The original site of Hōkō-ji was also maintained as a temple, which survives into modern times.

The main object of worship at Asuka-dera
Asuka-dera
is the bronze Great Buddha, which said to have been made by Kuratsukuri no Tori in the early seventh century. The statue is designated as an Important Cultural Property . Sculpture of Prince Shōtoku
Prince Shōtoku
depicted as a bodhisattva in Asuka-dera, Asuka, Nara

SEE ALSO

* Gangō-ji
Gangō-ji
* Historical Sites of Prince Shōtoku
Prince Shōtoku
* For an explanation of terms concerning Japanese Buddhism, Japanese Buddhist
Buddhist
art, and Japanese Buddhist
Buddhist
temple architecture, see the Glossary of Japanese Buddhism
Glossary of Japanese Buddhism
.

REFERENCES

* ^ Kawagoe, Aileen. Heritage of Japan https://heritageofjapan.wordpress.com/inception-of-the-imperial-system-asuka-era/how-buddhism-came-to-take-root-in-japan/. Missing or empty title= (help ) * ^ Aston, William. (2005). Nihongi, p. 101. * ^ Asuka Historical Museum http://www.asukanet.gr.jp/asukahome/ASUKA2/ASUKATERA/asukadera.html. Retrieved 6 June 2017. Missing or empty title= (help ) * ^ Martin, John et al. (1993). Nara: A Cultural Guide to Japan\'s Ancient Capital, p. 121;

BIBLIOGRAPHY

* Aston , William G. (2005). Nihongi: Chronicles of Japan from the Earliest Times to A.D. 697. Tokyo: Charles E. Tuttle Company . ISBN 0-8048-3674-4 * Brown, Delmer M. and Ichirō Ishida, eds. (1979). , Gukanshō
Gukanshō
(The Future and the Past, a translation and study of the Gukanshō, an interpretative history of Japan written in 1219). Berkeley: University of California Press . ISBN 0-520-03460-0 * Martin, John H. and Phyllis G. Martin. (1993). Nara: A Cultural Guide to Japan\'s Ancient Capital. Tokyo: Tuttle Publishing . ISBN 978-0-8048-1914-5 * Shimura, Izuru . (1998). Kōjien
Kōjien
, 5th edition. Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten . ISBN 978-4-00-080111-9 (cloth) * Ponsonby-Fane , Richard Arthur Brabazon. (1959). The Imperial House of Japan. Kyoto: Ponsonby Memorial Society. OCLC 194887 * Titsingh , Isaac, ed. (1834). , Nipon o daï itsi ran ; ou, Annales des empereurs du Japon. Paris: Oriental Translation Fund of Great Britain and Ireland . * Varley, H. Paul , ed. (1980). , Jinnō Shōtōki
Jinnō Shōtōki
("A Chronicle of Gods and Sovereigns: Jinnō Shōtōki
Jinnō Shōtōki
of Kitabatake Chikafusa" translated by H. Paul Varley). New York: Columbia University Press
Columbia University Press
. ISBN 0-231-04940-4

EXTERNAL LINKS

* Asuka Historical Museum website