JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.103 Sep. 2018

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The Chuson-ji Temple

The Chuson-ji Temple

Located in Hiraizumi Town of Iwate Prefecture, Chuson-ji is the main temple of the Tendai sect in Tohoku. It was founded in 850 and designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011. Its Konjikido, a National Treasure of Japan, is a collection of Buddhist art with gold leaf covering every surface both inside and out that continues to mystify visitors with its luxurious beauty.

Chuson-ji was built in the 12th century by Oshu Fujiwara lord. It was built to placate the many spirits of those killed on both sides of the grand conflicts that took place in Tohoku during the latter half of the 11th century.

The Chuson-ji Temple

The 37th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron is stationed at the JASDF’s Northern Air Defense Force in Yamada Town of Iwate Prefecture. From the peak of Mt. Junijin, the tallest mountain of the Omoe peninsula, the squadron conducts anti-aircraft monitoring 24 hours a day, all year round with stationary volume scanning radar.

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