June 20, 2012; Matsushima, Miyagi Pref., JPN - Tohoku recovery. ..Students on the Terasaki Foundation Japan Educational Tour in Matsushima...The Bishamondo (the shrine of a Buddhist god) was erected on the occasion of Sakanoueno Tamuramaro's (758-811 A.D.) expedition to the East, and the "Godaido Hall", a symbol of Matsushima, was named after the Godai Myoo (the Five Great Vidyarajas) enshrined on the occasion of the establishment of the Zuiganji Temple by the Great Monk Jikaku (794-864 A.D.). The current building was reconstructed by lord Date Masamune, utilizing all possible methods of the Momoyama Architectural Style. According to the legend, when the Great Monk Jikaku enshrined the Five Great Vidyarajas, the Bishamonten (a god of Buddhism) dedicated by the Sakanoueno Tamuramaro, flew away to one of the offshore islands beaming lights. The island Bishamonten landed on is now called Bishamonto Island.
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