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ASUKA STONES ? ASUKA TEMPLE ? MARUYAMA KOFUN ? MASUDA NO IWAFUNE ? MONJUIN NISHl-KOFUN ? Takamatsu Zuka Kofun ? SARU-ISHl ? ONI NO KAWAYA & MANAITA ? KAME-ISHI ("Tortoise Stone") ? NIMEN-SEKI ? ISHIBUTAI KOFUN ? ASUKADERA ? Asuka sluice ? SAKAFUNE-ISHI ? MALE-FEMALE STONE ? FUJIWARA-NO-MIYA ?

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ASUKA STONES

In various parts of the Asuka region are to be found unusually shaped granite stones and stone-carved figures. Apart from the Shumisen-seki (a garden fixture carved to suggest Mount Sumeru of Buddhist mythology) or the male-female stone carving which likewise was designed as a fountain, the purposes originally associated with the other worked stones, bearing such names as Masuda no iwafune, Sakafune-ishi, Kame-ishi, Miroku-ishi, Nimen-seki, etc., have been for the most part for-gotten. The male-female stone carving. the Nimen-seki, the Saru-ishi ("monkey stones"),etc.,are different from the haniwa and other stone human figures made during the former Kofun (Tumulous) Period. Brimming with a droll sort of sturdiness, they display what is also a completely different quality from that of the later Buddhist sculptures.

ASUKA TEMPLE

It is thought that Buddhism was first publicly introduced In our country in the year 538 (seventh year of Emperor Kinmei's reign), when King Songmyong of the south-western Korean state of Paekche (Japanese pronunciation: Kudara) presented Buddhist images and sutras to the Japanese court. The Soga clan, possessed of wealth and influence at that time, gave its positive support to the new religion,and Buddhism gradually spread among the imperial house and other influential families. Construction of Japan's first full-scale temple, the Asukadera, was begun in 588 (first year of Emperor Sushun's reign), a half-century after Buddhism's first arrival. Construction of the Asukadera was sponsored by the Soga clan, which had one year previously (in 587) defeated the Mononobe clan in an armed encounter and thus established its own political power more firmly

 

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