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"It is not known precisely when this temple was first built but, according to oral tradition, in the beginning it was named Ukimido (which means Buddhist temple on the water). It was said that a mermaid was captured nearby in 1222, which was believed to be a good omen, and the mermaid was buried in the grounds of the temple. Consequently, the people called the temple Ryugu, the Japanese word for the underwater palaces in which mermaids are said to live, and the temple was officially renamed Ryuguji."

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Taken on April 17, 2010