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Rozan-ji temple was originally built in 938 on Mt Hiei, in the northern hills of Kyoto, and moved to its present location in 1571. Lady Murasaki wrote this classic masterpiece of Japanese literature while she lived here, thereby giving a certain historical feeling to the temple. The Tale of Genji is sometimes considered the world's first novel. The original mansion where the book was written is long gone. Today Rozan-ji occupies those grounds. The temple garden is unique in its use of of its moss islands.
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Rozan-ji temple was originally built in 938 on Mt Hiei, in the northern hills of Kyoto, and moved to its present location in 1571. Lady Murasaki wrote this classic masterpiece of Japanese literature while she lived here, thereby giving a certain historical feeling to the temple. The Tale of Genji is sometimes considered the world's first novel.  The original mansion where the book was written is long gone. Today Rozan-ji occupies those grounds. The temple garden is unique in its use of of its moss islands.