Accumulation of Advanced Cultures
The sound of a bell in Daziafu
Did Sugawara-no-Michizane also hear the same sound?

Because of the exchanging of culture that happened in “The Western Capital”, many cultures and products of civilization were collected there. Knazeon-ji Temple passes those histories down to this day.

Eleven-faced Goddess of Mercy of Kanzeon-ji Temple

Including Kanzeonbosatsu which is almost 5 meters and many statues which were influenced by Heijo-kyo and continental culture were made one after another in Kanzeon-ji Temple. Most of them were burnt by two great fires in the year 1064 and 1143, but you can still see an Eleven-faced Goddess, Bato Kannon and Fukukensaku Kannon which were made in the Heian and Kamakura era after those incidents.

Gigaku・Bugaku Dance

Gigaku (an ancient pantomime in which performers wear masks) and Bugaku Dance were performed as hospitality for foreign delegates. A mask which was used for Bugaku dance descending from Gigaku has been handed down to this day at Kanzeon-ji Temple.

With an international dance
Show hospitality to foreign delegates

Bugaku dance performed at that time included “To-gaku” from the Tang dynasty and “Samgugak(三國樂)“ from the Korean Peninsula. And “'Rinyugaku” from Vietnam was also performed.

Bonshou Bell (a bell of a Buddhist temple)

The oldest Bonshou Bell which inspired Sugawara-no-Michizane who was housebound because of false accusation, to compose a Chinese poem “Mon wo idezu”.

To the official story of Japan Heritage

  • The Western Capital Connected to the World
  • The Capital Welcoming Foreign Delegations
  • Blooming culture
  • Accumulation of Advanced Cultures

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