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This temple, Daijyo-ji, was founded about twelve hundred and fifty years ago.
Sometimes Dajjyo-ji is called Ohkyo-ji. Ohkyo Maruyama was a famous artist in the Edo era about two hundred years ago.
The temple of Ohkyo-ji is in Hyogo prefecture, about 1.6Km south of Kasumi Station(180Km from Kyoto)on the San-in line(JR WEST).
It belongs to the Koyasan-Shingon Buddhism. According to tradition, the temple was founded by Gyoki Bosatsu in March,745. The grounds of the temple cover an area of a little over 2.5 acres, containing buildings typical of Japanese Buddhist architecture, such as The Kyakuden(Guest house) the Hondo(Main Temple)the Shoro(Belfry)the Kura (Treasure-house) etc.

The proper name of the temple is Daijyo-ji, but is better known as Ohkyo-ji, from the fact that the temple boasts some of the paintings by Maruyama Ohkyo, the founder of the Shijyo school of painters, who, flourishing in the18th century,was singularly successful in his representation of birds and fishes, fidelity to the nature being his watchword. These paintings,together with the main wooden image of Juichimen Kwannon or the 11-headed Kwannon Bosatsu(Boddhisattva), a fine work of art attributed to Jikaku Daishi (794-864),and two other wooden images of Sho-kwannon or Kwannon the Wise, which tradition attributes to the chisel of the founder of the temple, are designated as national treasures and are eloquent of the glorious history of the temple.


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