Taken 19-Dec-12
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Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:Asia
Subcategory Detail:Japan
Keywords:Dainichi-do Temple, Emperor Kanmu, Higashiyama driveway, Japan, Kyoto, Shogunzuka Mound, Wake no Kiyomaro, 和気, 将軍塚大日堂, 桓武天皇, 清麻呂, 青蓮院の飛地境内
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Shogunzuka Mound and the Dainichi-do Temple!

Shogunzuka Mound and the Dainichi-do Temple!

Shogunzuka Mound and the Dainichi-do Temple. This is a picture of the mound, it is approximately 20 meters in diameter and 2 meters in height. Emperor Kanmu constructed a clay statue of a general, 2.5 meters in height. He adorned the statue with armours, an iron bow and arrow, and swords before he buried it in the mound, as a guardian of the capital. Therefore, the place is known as Shogunzuka.
As depicted in literatures such as Genpei Josuki and Taiheiki, the legend states that the mound actually rumbles when the nation is in danger.