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Main Hall of Nison-in

Nison-in is a Tendai Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. The temple is a popular destination during the Japanese maple viewing season.

 

The temple derives its name from the fact that there are two main images here. One statue of the founding Buddha and another statue of one who has reached enlightenment; or in short, Nison refers to these "two revered images." Both of these Heian period Buddhist statues are designated as Important Cultural Properties of Japan.

 

Nison-in was founded in the early Heian period. Emperor Saga initiated the establishment of the temple in 834; and today it is part of the Enryaku-ji temple group.

 

Source: Wikipedia

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Taken on December 23, 2006