Aizendou 愛染堂
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An octagonal hall *hakkaku endou 八角円堂, at Sanshouji 三聖寺 in Kyoto, which houses the Buddhist deity *Aizen Myouou 愛染明王. Built in the Muromachi period, the hall stands on a stone podium *kiso 基礎, typical of structures from the 7c-12c. Simple panelled doors *sangarado 桟唐戸, are set in each bay *ken 間, which measures 2.49m. The hall follows *zenshuuyou 禅宗様, and is characterized by the panelled doors; the bracket complex *tokyou 斗きょう; the nosings *kibana 木鼻; and the smooth, boarded ceiling *kagamitenjou 鏡天井, on the interior. The hall has double eaves which include base and flying rafters *keshou daruki 化粧垂木 and *hien daruki 飛檐垂木. The roofing is made of thinly cut wood shingles *kokerabuki 柿葺. The Buddhist altar *shumidan 須弥壇, is large relative to the rest of the interior. On the altar is a circular pagoda-like reliquary *houtou 宝塔, containing a figure of Aizen.


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