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Name
Agishihonsei-ji Temple
Address
Minami, Monzen-machi, Wajima City
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Category
History
Class
Belief
Age
11th century~16th century
Designation
•Prefecturally designated tangible cultural property: Main hall including two ridgepole plaques (October 1992), Agishihonseiji-monjo (471 pieces) (January 1982) • Prefecturally designated natural monument: The Japanese flowering cherry tree Cerasus jamasakura (August 1968)
Comment
This temple belongs to the Ôtani sect of the Jodo Shinshu school of Pure Land Buddhism. It is the oldest and largest Shinshu temple in Noto. There is no record of when it was founded, but it is known that it was relocated to its current site in 1586. In the Edo period, the temple contributed greatly to helping the Maeda clan govern their people, and oversaw 106 temples in Fugeshi County as a liaison temple known as furegashira for the Kaga domain and temples under its control. The main hall was reconstructed in 1792 and Agishihonseiji-monjo (471 pieces), temple documents dating from the late Muromachi to the late Edo periods, have been designated as tangible cultural properties by the prefectural government. The main hall with its completely thatched roof is both magnificent and elegant, and is among the three most beautiful thatched roofs in Japan. This temple is also famous for its Cerasusu jamasakura flowering cherry tree, a natural monument designated by the prefectural government. Its blossoms, which have 170 to 200 petals, are reddish in the bud stage and pure white in full bloom. It is also known as “shichihenge-no-sakura” (cherry blossom that changes color seven times).

Tangible cultural properties designated by Wajima City: Agishihonsei-ji Temple gate, drum tower, and bell tower (September 1971), Portrait of Shinran Shonin with his left hand raised (September 1979), Colored standing statue of Shotoku Taishi (March 1964), Wedding furnishings for Princess Iho of the Nijo family (March 1964), Temple bell (September 1979), Negoro lacquerware bowl and tray (February 1995), Shasekishu Agishi-Bon manuscript (September 1979), Agishihonsei-ji Temple Furedomecho record (September 1979), Color-on-silk illustrated biography of Shiran Shonin (February 1995)
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