The Hyakugo Archives


“The Hyakugo Archives Web is an open archive that enables the public to access the Hyakugo Archives Collection, a document archive of a temple spanning from the eighth to the eighteenth century. The archive includes documents pertaining to the daily operations of the temple as well as lawsuits and bequests.”

“Toji Hyakugo Monjo refers to a collection of medieval Japanese documents originally preserved at Toji, a Buddhist temple in Kyoto. The huge collection comprises nearly 25,000 documents spanning roughly 1,000 years, from the 8th to 18th centuries. The bulk of the collection dates from the 14th and 15th centuries.
The collection is known as “Toji Hyakugo Monjo (lit. One hundred lidded boxes of documents),” because the documents have been preserved in 100 paulownia document storage boxes donated to Toji during the Edo period by Maeda Tsunanori, lord of the Kaga Domain.

The writings are in kanji characters and kana syllabary, handwritten with brush and India ink on washi (Japanese paper). Images of all documents are available.”


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The Hyakugo Archives

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