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From Yakushiji to Toshodaiji
Toshodaiji|Kodo – Koro, others
Toshodaiji| Daigo-ido ～ Miei-do
In 759 the abbot Ganjin(鑑真大和上) was granted the former residence of Prince “Nii-ta-be Shin-no” 新田部親王 (Emperor Tenmu’s son) for the establishment of Toshodaiji Temple(唐招提寺). The name come from the facts that its first abbot Ganjin was from “Toh (唐)”, or “the Tang Dynasty” in China, and that it was founded as a place for Buddhist training under his guidance.
Toshodaiji was the first temple in Japan to be devoted to one of the Chinese Buddhist denominations — namely the Nanzan school. Even today Toshodaiji is regarded as the head temple of Japan’s Ritsu-shu denomination of Buddhist teachings.