Provincial temple

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Mutsu Kokubunji Yakushido

Kokubun-ji (国分寺?) were Buddhist temples established in each of the provinces of Japan by the Emperor Shōmu during the Nara period (710 – 794).[1] Shōmu (701 – 756?) decreed both a kokubunji to be established in each province for monks and a 国分尼寺 (kokubunniji?) established for nuns. Tōdai-ji, the provincial temple of Yamato Province, served as the head of all kokubunji, and Hokke-ji held that duty for the kokubunniji. The words "kokubunji" and "kokubunniji" gave rise to many place names still in use today, including:

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  1. ^ "Kokubunji". Encyclopedia of Japan. Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-04.