An encounter with the cultural personality of Iwate Encyclopedia of Cultural Information in Iwate
(A picture of Buddhist Paradise with Golden Pagoda)

Designation National Treasure
Classification Picture
Designated Date June 22,2001
Designation in detail December 28, 1897
(the name changed in February 2,1968,
The title changed to National Treasure
from Important cultural property in June 22,2001)
Amount 10
Address Aza-Koromonoseki, Hiraizumi
Holder Daichoju-in
Administrator Chuson-ji
HomePage Hiraizumi's Cultural Heritage


It is the painting of Konkomyo-Saisho-O-Kyo, one of the Gokoku three Buddhist Scriptures of Tendai-Budhism-sect. It described “Soto (Pagoda) “ with Sutra letters.

This manuscript of Gold Pagoda was written with gold paint in the center of indigo blue paper, with letters of Buddhist scriptures. Each volume has one Pagoda tower. In this way, ten volumes created whole view of Soto ( ten stories of Pagoda tower).
The surrounding environment of the Pagoda expressed the meaning of scriptures with scenic beauty using colors of vermilion, green, white and silver paintig. Also, it gives a picture of people worshipping Pagoda underneath, and arabesque patterns surrounding them.
The letters of scripture started from Houju (the top of Pagoda) and continued to come down to the bottom of the platform by tracing the shapes of the Pagoda. It is regarded as Fujiwara Hidehira’s dedication or Hidehira’s own transcription work.
It is also presumed to be completed in the late 12th century.
This sutra explained the universal law for the protection of the nation and for stabilization of the people’s life. Just like the Emperor Seimu commissioned Kokubunji Temples throughout the nation and called them “ Konkomyo-Shiten-O-Gokoku-Ji (national temples for the protection), the Fujiwara Family also wished and prayed for the security and welfare for the people in Oshu district by establishing these religious environment.

(Former title : Saisho-O-keijukkai-hoto-mandara-konshi-kindei-banso)