A Buddhist temple situated in Hiraizumi of Iwate Prefecture in northern Japan. Hiraizumi flourished about 1,000 years ago as Japan’s second largest city after Kyoto. The Cultural Heritage of Hiraizumi, comprised of Buddhist temples and gardens, was inscribed on the World Heritage List. Among the most captivating is the Konjikido (Golden Hall), Japan’s first National Treasure, lavishly gilded inside out and decorated with raden (inlaid lustrous shells) and ivory. According to some historians, Marco Polo’s writing of “the golden land of Zipang” was inspired by Konjikido, which also houses the mummified remains of the leaders around that time. Is this the reason Konjikido ’s roof is shaped like a pyramid?