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Also rokkakudou ˜ZŠp“°. A hexagonal building of relatively small scale found at some temples. Like octagonal halls, rokkakudou are dedicated to a deity or to a revered priest, There are only two extant, both protected cultural properties. The larger is 8.73 m on each side and is located at Choukouji ’·ŒõŽ› in Aichi prefecture. The building is dedicated to the deity *Jizou ’n‘ , and is called *Jizoudou ’n‘ “° (1510). The outer worship area *gejin ŠOw, is open like a veranda and is marked by thirteen pillars with no enclosing parts, fukihanachi •ú. The inner sanctuary *naijin “àw, is enclosed. It is also hexagonal in shape and has a rectangular altar *butsudan •§’d, the width of the rear bay. Opposite the butsudan are timber shutters *shitomido ŽÁŒË covered with a grid of lattice, that fills the bay facing the main steps. In the bays on either side are double hinged doors. Steps, positioned off center, give access to the open, outer worship area in bays on either side of the rear bay. Facing the main entrance, the rear bay on the left side has a single leaf sliding door. It is roofed with coppersheets made to resemble the shape of sod roofing *tochibuki “É•˜.
Another hexagonal hall exists at Ma‚Žpukuji äݕŸŽ› in Kyoto. It is dedicated to the temple's founder, Ingen Ryuuki ‰BŒ³—²îK (Ch; Yinyuan Longqi; 1595-1673), who brought the Oubaku ‰©Ÿ@ Zen sect, to Japan from China. The building is called Manpukuji Juzou äݕŸŽ›Žõ‘œ (1663). Each bay is 3.82 m wide. Circular windows that can be opened were constructed in the front bay and in the bays on either side. Atop the wall plates *daiwa ‘ä—Ö, above each pillar, are 1-stepped bracket complexes *degumi o‘g. Both base rafters *jidaruki ’n‚–Ø, and flying rafters *hien daruki ”òž÷‚–Ø, are arranged to radiate from the center of each bay to the hip rafters *sumigi ‹÷–Ø, which form the corner ridges. The roof can be broadly classified as pyramidal *hougyou yane •óŒ`‰®ª, but may be more exactly termed, rokuchuu yane ˜Z’Œ‰®ª, meaning six sections converging at the top. The roofing is tile *hongawarabuki –{Š¢•˜. The peak of the roof is covered by two metal sis-sided box-like forms *roban ˜I”Õ. The upper one is smaller, and is topped by a rounded form called a *fukubachi •š”«, which is crowned by a tear-drop shaped form *houju •óŽì.
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Choukouji Jizoudou ’·ŒõŽ›’n‘ “° (Aichi)
Choukouji Jizoudou ’·ŒõŽ›’n‘ “° (Aichi)
Choukouji Jizoudou ’·ŒõŽ›’n‘ “° (Aichi)

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