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A lecture hall at Houryuuji east compound Houryuuji Touin @@ dating from about the mid-8c, the time when the east compound was being constructed. At present, it is 7~4 bays (25.00m ~10.68m). The plan is typical of the period style of a core *moya ꉮ surrounded by aisles *hisashi on all four sides. The ceiling is open to the underside of the roof *keshou yaneura ω. Tall pillars mark the division between hisashi and moya. Rainbow beams *kouryou stretch from pillar to pillar over the hisashi. Frog-leg struts *kaerumata 富, placed at the center of the rainbow beams, carry bearing blocks *masu l which in turn grip bracket arms *hijiki I at right angles to the rainbow beams and frog-leg struts. Spanning the central core, are double rainbow beams with frog-leg struts *nijuukouryou kaerumata d富. These structural parts appear on the gable ends wit the addition of a center pillar which is omitted at each end of the moya. The bracket complexes *kumimono g are composed of large bearing blocks into which bracket arms *daito hijiki lI are inserted. The double eaves are called *futanoki and the closely spaced rafters are called *shigedaruki ɐ. The gable roof *kirizuma-zukuri ؍ȑ is tiled *hongawarabuki {. The building is constructed on a stone podium and the pillars are set into base stones but the floor is wooden, and was wooden even in the Nara period, when generally, floors of Buddhist halls were earthen. There have been many dismantling repairs, the latest between 1938-43. By minute investigation of all the structural members, especially the marks and nail holes on old timbers, the rebuilders were able to ascertain the original arrangements. Furthermore, they confirmed that this building donated by Lady Tachibana k in the mid 8c was proven beyond doubt. The donated structure was 5 bays long with a slatted floor veranda sunokoen Ŏq. It was reconstructed into an enclosed 7-bay hall. (for the changes made to the plan.) Because of its location, crowded behind the shichijouya 䉮, now called *shariden-eden ɗaGa, its importance waned so that it never underwent extensive repairs like the *Yumedono a, also located in the east compound. Therefore, its original form was well preserved.
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Houryuuji Denpoudou @`@ (Nara)
Houryuuji Denpoudou @`@ (Nara)

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