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Korean-style totem pole at the entrance of the Shoden-in temple, Koma

Shoden Temple with Korean Totem in honor of Jakko, the leader of the refugees from Koguryo, one of the three kingdoms of ancient Korea, defeated by the combined Tang and Silla armies in 668 who has his tomb here.

Fleeing to Japan, Jakko was granted a court rank and title by the emperor in 703. Leading a group of fellow refugees, he and his compatriates were assigned to this area to develop it with their advanced techniques of farming. They also introduced new methods of pottery, weaving and paper making. After his dead, Jakko was enshrined as deity as Shirahige Myojin in nearby Koma Shrine.

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