Akishinodera is a Buddhist temple located in Akishino,Nara City. The temple is founded by the monk Zenju in the late Nara Period(8th century). It is an independent temple belonging to no sect. The Temple is famous for its statue of Gigeiten or Goddess of the Arts, This figure is extremely beautiful and elegant. She takes the form of a bosatsu, with the right hand raised and the left hand fingering her robes. This standing figure is designated as an important cultural asset of Japan.