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March 26-June 2

When the capital of Japan was named Kyoto in 794, Toji temple was founded as a state-sponsored institution in order to provide divine protection for the nation and its people. In 823, Emperor Saga assigned Toji to Kukai (aka Kobo Daishi, 774-835), a Buddhist monk who had returned from China after studing the newly established concepts and teachings of Esoteric Buddhism.

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