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Also called kaiten rinzou ‰ñ“]—Ö‘ . Octagonal sutra storage shelves that revolve around a central pillar that arts as a pivot. Revolving shelves were convenient because they allowed priests and monks to select the needed sutra quickly. Eventually, in some sutra repositories of the rinzou type, the faithful were permitted to push the shelves around the pillar while praying even though they did not or could not read the sutras. For example the Ankokuji ˆÀ‘Ž› sutra storage shelves *kyouzou Œo‘  (1407) in Gifu prefecture, are octagonal. The structure that contains the shelves is 1~1 bay with a single-bay deep enclosure that has a pent roof *mokoshi ÖŠK surrounding it. Above the central core *moya •ê‰®, the framework was made with 3-bays. The roof is hip-and-gable *irimoya-zukuri “ü•ê‰®‘¢, with a central pillar for the pivot to carry the rinzou. This is the oldest extant sutra repository with a rinzou. It also has characteristics of the Zen style *zenshuuyou ‘T@—l. Another example is Kongoubuji Oku-in Kyouzou ‹à„•õŽ›‰œ‰@Œo‘  (1599) in Wakayama prefecture. It is a 3~3 bay structure with pyramidal roof *hougyou-zukuri •óŒ`‘¢, covered with cypress bark *hiwadabuki •O”畘. It is very simple building with timber flooring and a small rinzou.
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