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亀岡文殊堂 Kameoka-monjyu-dou Kameoka Monju-Do

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Kameoka Monju-Do Temple is dedicated to the god of learning and is located in Takahatamachi, Higashi-okitama-gun, Yamagata Prefecture.

Along with Setsudo-monju in Kyoto Prefecture, and Abe-monju in Nara Prefecture, this temple is said to be one of the three best monju in Japan. Kameoka Monju-Do is inside Daijo-ji Temple on top of Mt Monju. The temple is said to have been founded by Hossoshu in 807.

At the entrance to the temple precincts stands a crimson Nio Gate flanked by two 'kongo-rikishi' statues. After passing through the gate and walking along the stone path lined with cedar trees, Betto-ji and Daijo-ji of Monju-do can be seen.

Monju-do was built to enshrine the Monju Bodhisattva and therefore takes Mt Wutaishan in China as heaven. The proverb 'When three heads come together, they are equivalent to the wisdom of Monju' shows the close relationship of this bodhisattva with learning.

Along the path to the temple are 16 rakan statues and a memorial to the poet-traveler Basho, further adding to the rich atmosphere of this location.
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