The Fujii family originally called themselves “Shirai”, and Fujiidera (Fujiidera Buddhist temple) was built in the middle of the 7th century as a patron temple of Shirai clan. The principal deity and main statue of the temple is Senju-sengen kannon ryuzo (or senju-kannon), which literally means “a kannon with a thousand arms, each of which has an eye”. But Fujiidera’s Senju-kannon actually comes with 1,043 arms: 1,001 free arms, 40 arms that each hold a different object, and two arms with hands brought together in prayer. No other senju-kannon made before the Nara period has been preserved with a complete set of arms. This statue is registered as a National Treasure, and you can only see it on the 18th of each month.
Domyoji, which was originally called Haji-dera, was founded in the middle of the 7th century as a patron temple of the Haji clan. The priestess Kakujuni, an aunt of Sugawara no Michizane, is thought to have lived here, and historical records indicate that the descendants of Michizane were in charge of the temple’s management for several centuries (11th to 14th century). The temple possesses two juichimen kannon ryuzo (National Treasure and Important Cultural Asset, respectively) and shotoku taishi ryuzo, among others. You can see them on the 18th and 25th of each month.