Hiraizumi's grandeur once rivalled that of Kyoto. From 1089 to 1189, three generations of the Ōshu Fujiwara clan used their gold-mining wealth to create a living paradise devoted to the principles of Buddhism. However, feudal strife brought these ambitions to an abrupt, tragic end. Today only a few sights bear testament to Hiraizumi's former glory, yet this pleasantly rural town remains one of Tōhoku's premier...
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