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A small Buddhist hall dedicated to the Bodhisattva of wisdom *Monju •¶Žê (SK. Manjusri) who usually is represented in paintings or sculpture to the left of the statue of *Shaka Žß‰Þ. There is no set style for these buildings. Example: Sanbutsuji Monjudou ŽO˜ÅŽ›•¶Žê“° is unique. The date is uncertain. It is in the overhang style kake-zukuri Œœ‘¢, and situated above a very deep ravine in Tottori prefecture. Only the back of the building is visible. It is 3~4 bay structure 6.23m wide~7.92m deep, single-storied, with a roof that is hip-and gable style *irimoya yane “ü•ê‰®‰®ª, covered with finely- layered cypress bark shingles *kokerabuki Š`•˜. A single undulating gable *karahafu “‚”j•—, is added on the back end. The entrances *tsumairi È“ü, are on the gable end facing toward the east. All the exterior posts are square but slightly chamfered and carry boat-shaped bracket arms *funahijiki M•I–Ø, that support the roof framework. The single rafters are closely spaced *shigedaruki ”ɐ‚–Ø. The veranda is floored with short planks that extend at right angles to the walls, cut ends visible, at the veranda edge *nure-en ”G‰. There are no protective railings. There are only two other monjudou designated as important cultural properties. One is Kaijuusenji Monjudou ŠCZŽRŽ›•¶Žê“° (Kamakura period) in Kyoto. It was built originally for sutra storage. The other is Nyoiji Monjudou ”@ˆÓŽ›•¶Žê“° (Muromachi period) in Hyougo prefecture.
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