Emperor Shomu ordered to construct provincial monasteries and nunneries for the protection of the country in 741.
Empress Komyo (wife of Emperor Shomu), the first woman of non-royal birth to be granted the title of Empress in Japan, had access to both political power and private wealth.
She established infrastructure that greatly contributed to the flourishing of Buddhism in Japan.
This nunnery temple (the temple built under the order of the Emperor) called Kokubu-niji, was established by Empress Komyo.
The temple was heavily damaged in Taira-no-Masakado Rebellion....
The corridors between the middle gate and the golden hall were rebuilt.
You can see the Suzaku Gate Roof Tile Pattern of Heijo Palace,
Japan's first full fledged capital during the Nara Period (710-794).
Historic ruins of the Kazusa Kokubun Temple:
3-5-2 Kokubunjidai Chuo, Ichihara-shi, Chiba, JAPAN
Kazusa Province was a province of Japan in the area of modern Chiba Prefecture.
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