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Yamadera's Nio-mon gate

Risshakuji Temple, Yamagata Prefecture


The elegant zelkova gate called Nio-mon which was rebuilt in 1848, is one of the iconic sights of Yamadera.

The two statues of Nio guardians standing at both sides of the gate are said to be made by the apprentices of Unkei, a master sculptor of Buddhist statues of the 12th century.

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