Daishoin Temple is one of the most prestigious Shingon temples in the western part of Japan. In the 12th century, Emperor Toba founded his prayer hall in the temple. The temple had close links with Imperial Family until the 19th century. Emperor Meiji honored the temple by staying there in 1885. Until the Meiji Restoration of 1868, the temple had had twelve affiliated temples. It also had a close relationship with Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island.
Fudo-myo-o, or Immovable King, is an incarnated figure of Dainichi Nyorai, or Cosmic Buddha. The image is characterized by the fierce face to show his determination to destroy evil. Toyotomi Hideyoshi, one of three great unifiers of Japan in the 16th century, prayed to this image for safety at sea and victory in battle.
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