Ôkubodera [monastery?], (in) Kashihara, Nara Prefecture, JP

Raw data

Tiles dating to the mid-seventh century have been found on the precincts of a later temple, Kokugenji, to the East of Mt. Unebi in Kashihara City (which is adjacent to, but not in, the historical Asuka area). The central foundation stone of a pagoda has also been uncovered. The rest of the layout is unknown, but judging by the position of the foundation stone, the main (golden) hall may lie under the present Kokugenji’s main hall.

The site has been tentatively identified as Ôkubodera, which was mentioned in the Nihon Shoki (720) in connection with events during the last year of Emperor Tenmu’s reign (686). It may be the family temple of the Okubo clan, possibly founded by a Korean immigrant.

-“Ookubodera.” http://www.asukanet.gr.jp/asukahome/ASUKA2/ASUKATERA/ookubodera.html
-“Ookubodera/Wadahaiji.” http://www.city.kashihara.nara.jp/bunkazai/asuka/ind10.htm

Src: JPN

Input by: Lizbeth H. Piel, Feb 25, 2010

"The Kokugen-ji. Das Kloster ist im Distrikt von Takaichi nordöstlich des
Unebi-Berges." (Henning 2005:69)

Kashiwara, Japan Page
Other names: Kashiwabara,Kashihara
Lat 34.4500 Long 135.7667

Input by: tmciolek, Mar 16, 2010

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 30 Jan 2014

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 2 km from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Ookubodera monastery, JP.

General location of the Ookubodera monastery, JP.
Lat 34.4910 Long 135.8067
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2009.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Ôkubodera 大窪寺, alternative English spelling: Ôkubo-dera, Okubodera, Ookubodera

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Japan: Nara Prefecture

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

  • [missing data]

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat 34.4910 Long 135.8067 - estimated from the relationship between Mt. Unebi and Kashihara town, using maps.google.com - tmciolek, 16 Mar 2010.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

  • Daikandaiji
  • Wadahaiji
  • Kumedera
  • Tanaka haiji

6. Modern name of the known nearest city, town, or village

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • Mahayana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

MBM chrono-tag: 0633-66p - tmciolek 30 Jan 2014
0633-66p 0667-99c 0700-32c 0733-66p dated-ex

12. Date-intermediate

MBM chrono-tag: 0700-32c - tmciolek 30 Jan 2014

13. Date-late

  • [missing data]

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data].

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • Documents, archaeological

16. Additional notes

  • [missing data]

17. Corrections & addenda to this page were kindly provided by

  • [missing data]

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