Daigoji Temple has maintained its status as one of Japan’s leading Buddhist temples upholding the Shingon sect since its foundation in Kyoto over 1,100 years ago. Named a World Cultural Heritage Site in 1994, the temple is a veritable treasury of Japanese Buddhist sculpture, scripture, esoteric paintings and iconographic drawings.

A striking exhibition about Daigoji is now on at the Tokyo National Museum, featuring 11 national treasures and 73 important cultural properties. The show’s centerpiece is the 176-cm-tall statue of Yakushi Nyorai (Bhaisajyaguru), the Buddha of Healing, which is the principal icon of Yakushi Hall, one of the temple’s key structures.

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