Gyoran-ji

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Gyoran-ji (魚藍寺), formal name Suigetsu-in Gyoran-ji (水月院魚藍寺), is a Buddhist temple in 4 Mita, Minato, Tokyo, Japan. It is located in the mountain side of Tsuki no Misaki at 35°38′34″N 139°44′14″E / 35.642653°N 139.737292°E / 35.642653; 139.737292Coordinates: 35°38′34″N 139°44′14″E / 35.642653°N 139.737292°E / 35.642653; 139.737292.

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The name was chosen because the principal image is Gyoran Kanzeon Bosatsu (魚藍観世音菩薩), whose figure is a maiden with her hair tied in a Chinese style topknot (唐様).

The following is a Chinese tale of the time of the Tang dynasty. The Buddha appeared in a beautiful maiden's figure, selling fish in a bamboo basket, and spread Buddhism. The sculpture was made based on this story.

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