Yakushido Hall
Yakushido Hall, a space of some 30 square meters, was built in 1649 by third Edo shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu, making it one of the oldest structures of the complex. Originally known as Kita-yakushi (kita = north) because it faced north, the name was changed to Hashimoto Yakushido (“Yakushido near the bridge”) by Iemitsu for the small bridge located next to it. In addition to its principle image, the Buddha Yakushi (Medicine Buddha), the hall also houses the Twelve Celestial Generals, who are said to have appeared in the world to answer the 12 requests of the Buddha Yakushi to save the people, as well as the Ten Judges, who weigh the misdeeds of the deceased.
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