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National Treasure: Japan and China defy pandemic to return Ganjin's relics

Joint effort helps Nara temple regain reliquary in time for Buddhist rite

This reliquary, originally brought to Japan by the Buddhist monk Ganjin in the eighth century, was returned safely to Toshodaiji in Nara from the Shanghai Museum in October.

TOKYO -- In the eighth century, the monk Ganjin famously needed six tries to cross the sea from China to Japan, where he established a new school of Buddhism and became the first abbot of Nara's Toshodaiji temple.

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