Ancient Capitals, Japan

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Ancient Capitals, Japan

Sanjusangendo is the popular name for Rengeo-in, a temple in eastern Kyoto which is famous for its 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. The temple was founded in 1164 and rebuilt a century later after the original structure had been destroyed in a fire.

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Fushimi Inari Shrine is an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. It is famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings. The trails lead into the wooded forest of the sacred Mount Inari, which stands at 233 meters and belongs to the shrine grounds.

Japan is situated in northeastern Asia between the North Pacific and the Sea of Japan. Four main islands are Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Shikoku. Japan’s flag symbolizes the sun as a red ball against a white background. They talk Japanese in Japan. However, many Japanese are able to understand English. Tokyo is the capital city. Biggest river in Japan is Shinano River. Traditional clothing is kimono. Japan's population is over 126 million.

Kinkakuji is a Zen temple in northern Kyoto whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. Formally known as Rokuonji, the temple was the retirement villa of the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, and according to his will it became a Zen temple of the Rinzai sect after his death in 1408. Kinkakuji was the inspiration for the similarly named Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion), built by Yoshimitsu's grandson, Ashikaga Yoshimasa, on the other side of the city a few decades later.


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