Byakugô-ji (白毫寺), a Buddhist temple situated at the foot of Mt. Takamado, is believed to have been originally built as the villa of Prince Shiki (志貴皇子) the father of Emperor Kōnin, and a famous poet from the 7th to 8th century. Prince Shiki’s father was the 38th Emperor of Japan known as Emperor Tenji (天智天皇) also known as Emperor Tenchi. Prince Shiki’s works are contained in Man’yô-shû, Japan’s first anthology compiled in the 8th century. Byakugô-ji’s (白毫寺) “Cultural Properties of Japan” are, from the Heian period, an Amida Nyorai, and a bodhisattva traditionally identified as Monju Bosatsu (文殊菩薩坐像) are enshrined in the temple's Hōzō (宝蔵) or Treasure Hall, are from the Kamakura period, King Enma-ō, attendants Shiroku (司録) and Shimyō (司命), Taizan-ō (太山王), Jizō Bosatsu, and Kōshō Bosatsu (興正菩薩). The Taizan-ō was carved by Kōen (康円) in 1259 and has an inscription documenting repairs in 1498.
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Keywords:Buddhism, Byakugô-ji, Japan, Mt., Nara, Takamado, 奈良, 白毫寺, 高円山