see KukaiKukai
or Kobo-Daishi
, 774–835, Japanese priest, scholar, and artist, founder of the Shingon or "True Word" sect of Buddhism. Of aristocratic birth, he studied the Chinese classics as a young man, but left the university and became a wandering ascetic, eventually
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Haviland," he added, stepping to his writing table, "this lacquered shrine, with its pagoda roof, has been attributed to Kobo-Daishi, and has stood upon the writing table of seven emperors.
Kobo-Daishi taught them how to make a hole in the kiln, giving vent to the smoke.
When Kobo-Daishi was in China, the emperor sent for him to rewrite the name of a forgotten room.
On his returning from the voyage to India, Kobo-Daishi brought grains of wheat, hidden in a cut in his soles.
Behind the Torodo is the wooden mausoleum of Kobo-daishi, Koyasan's founder.