Photographer's Note

This photograph is taken towards a five-storied pagoda at the site in Hōryū-ji Temple. Hōryū-ji is a temple connected with Prince Shōtoku(572-622). It is supposed that Emperor Yōmei(518587) prayed and built for the recovery of his sick. He passes away without waiting for the completion, and Empress Suiko(554628) of his child, and Prince Shōtoku of his nephew received the will and inherited together, and made it complete in 607. Empress Suiko accedes to the throne in 593, Prince Shōtoku of a nephew is nominated as regency of government. Prince Shōtoku adopted Buddhism as the political keynote, and aimed at improvement in the culture of a country, and Buddhistic rise. In such a sense, Prince Shōtoku is ancestor of Japanese Buddhism rise. In vast site of 187,000 square meters, a lot of cultural assets including the 19 national treasure buildings exist. If it says from building construction, the oldest wooden structure group in the world is placed.

1. Octagon architecture for holding a memorial service for Prince Shōtoku (Yumedono): workshops

2. Supplement of Prince Shōtoku
Prince Shotoku began the production of a nation led by the Emperor who stands on it from the state of powerful clan union. That he built the first constitution in Japan was also a means to perform politics led by the Emperor.

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