Coordinates : 34°28′43″N 135°49′13″E / 34.478731°N
135.820214°E / 34.478731; 135.820214 Front of the Main Hall
Asuka, Nara Great Buddha of
ASUKA-DERA (飛鳥寺), also known as HōKō-JI (法興寺), is a
Buddhist temple in Asuka , Nara .
Asuka-dera is regarded as one of the
oldest temples in Japan.
* 1 Temple complex
* 2 See also
* 3 References
* 4 Bibliography
* 5 External links
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
Following the transfer of the capital from Asuka to
Nara city ), the buildings of
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 . 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 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 depicted as a bodhisattva
* Historical Sites of
* For an explanation of terms concerning Japanese Buddhism, Japanese
Buddhist art, and Japanese
Buddhist temple architecture, see the
Glossary of Japanese Buddhism
Glossary of Japanese Buddhism .
* ^ Kawagoe, Aileen. Heritage of Japan
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* ^ Aston, William. (2005). Nihongi, p. 101.
* ^ Asuka Historical Museum
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* ^ Martin, John et al. (1993). Nara: A Cultural Guide to Japan\'s
Ancient Capital, p. 121;
* Aston , William G. (2005). Nihongi: Chronicles of Japan from the
Earliest Times to A.D. 697. Tokyo:
Charles E. Tuttle Company . ISBN
* Brown, Delmer M. and Ichirō Ishida, eds. (1979). ,
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
* Shimura, Izuru . (1998).
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 ("A Chronicle of
Gods and Sovereigns:
Jinnō Shōtōki of Kitabatake Chikafusa"
translated by H. Paul Varley). New York:
Columbia University Press
Columbia University Press .
* Asuka Historical Museum website