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Japan Nippon Nihon 10 Yen coin pendant Phoenix Amida Hall Byodoin Buddhist temple Uji Kyoto Amitābha buddha statue Tendai-shū Jōdo-shū sect Pure Land Buddhism Mahāyāna Buddhist monk Hōnen Kamakura Period Tokyo Nara Keihanshin Osaka Kobe Kansai n000052

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Japan 10 Yen {12S} 3L

front: Phoenix Hall of Byōdō-in, a Buddhist temple in Uji, Kyoto prefecture

This temple was originally built in 998 in the Heian period as a rural villa of high-ranking courtier Minamoto no Shigenobu, Minister of the Left. The villa was made into a Buddhist temple by Fujiwara no Yorimichi in 1052. The most famous building in the temple is the Phoenix Hall (鳳凰堂 Hōō-dō) or the Amida Hall, constructed in 1053. It is the only remaining original building, surrounded by a scenic pond; additional buildings making up the compound were burnt down during a civil war in 1336.

The main building in Byōdō-in, the Phoenix Hall consists of a central hall, flanked by twin wing corridors on both sides of the central hall, and a tail corridor. The central hall houses an image of Amida Buddha. The roof of the hall displays statues of the Chinese phoenix, called hōō in Japanese.

• quantity 1
• polished Bronze coin
• diameter: 23.5 mm
• weight: 4.5 g

• 24” brass ball chain {2.5mm thick, lightweight 5 g}
• no chain or cord
• 2-1/2" brass snake keychain with snap end {see last photo}

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