Ishiyama-dera

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Ishiyama-dera (石山寺?, lit. "Stony Mountain Temple") is a Shingon temple in Ōtsu in Japan's Shiga Prefecture. This temple is the thirteenth of the Kansai Kannon Pilgrimage.

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The autumn moon at Ishiyama (石山の秋月), by Hiroshige

It was constructed around 762 CE, and is said to have been founded by Rōben. The temple contains a number of cultural assets. According to literature available at the temple complex, the guardian carvings at Sanmon/Todaimon are by Tankei and Unkei. Allegedly, Murasaki Shikibu began writing The Tale of Genji at Ishiyama-dera during a full moon night in August 1004. In commemoration, the temple maintains a Genji room featuring a life-size figure of Lady Murasaki and displays a statue in her honor.[1]

The temple features in one of the Eight Views of Omi, originally drawn by Hiroshige. The print featuring the temple is called "The autumn moon at Ishiyama" (石山の秋月).

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ishiyama-dera Temple". Taleofgenji.org. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 

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Coordinates: 34°57′37.51″N 135°54′20.25″E / 34.9604194°N 135.9056250°E / 34.9604194; 135.9056250