ひろしま戦前の風景 33.安芸国分寺跡にサイクリング
[33]Cycling Trip to the Aki Kokubunji Site

昭和15年(1940年)ころ 撮影:池森修三氏 東広島市西条町

Filmed circa 1940 (Showa 15) by Shuzo Ikemori
Saijo-cho, Higashihiroshima City
Kokubunji (lit. provincial temple) were temples established in each province during the Nara period by Emperor Shomu, who sought Buddhist protection of the nation through the project. The kokubunji of Aki Province (western part of today’s Hiroshima Prefecture) was located in Saijo-cho, Kamo-gun, according to evidence unearthed by archeological excavations first carried out in 1932. In 1936, the part of the former Kokubunji site that includes the remains of a pagoda was designated as a Historic Site. The footage records a cycling trip to the site, which was prepared for the visiting public following the designation. After World War II, major excavations were resumed in 1966, and today a greater part of the site, including remains of temple buildings, has received Historic Site designation.

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