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Mitsukuni commissioned the beginning of a great history of Japan, the ''[[Dai Nihon Shi]]'', which was begun in [[1657]], and continued by his descendants, being finally completed in [[1906]]. Mitsukuni also completed the [[Korakuen|Kôrakuen]] gardens in [[Edo]], begun by his father. For both of these projects, he enlisted the help of [[Ming Dynasty|Ming]] loyalist [[Zhu Shunsui]].
 
Mitsukuni commissioned the beginning of a great history of Japan, the ''[[Dai Nihon Shi]]'', which was begun in [[1657]], and continued by his descendants, being finally completed in [[1906]]. Mitsukuni also completed the [[Korakuen|Kôrakuen]] gardens in [[Edo]], begun by his father. For both of these projects, he enlisted the help of [[Ming Dynasty|Ming]] loyalist [[Zhu Shunsui]].
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Though sometimes characterized as anti-Buddhist because of his efforts to separate ''[[kami]]'' worship out of [[Buddhist temples]], he was an active patron of Buddhist temples and some scholars have suggested his policies were motivated more by a desire to recreate a more "pure" form of Buddhism.<ref>Rebeckah Clements, "Speaking in Tongues? Daimyo, Zen Monks, and Spoken Chinese in Japan, 1661–1711," The Journal of Asian Studies Vol. 76, No. 3 (August) 2017: 616.</ref>
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Though sometimes characterized as anti-Buddhist because of his efforts to separate ''[[kami]]'' worship out of [[Buddhist temples]], he was an active patron of Buddhist temples and some scholars have suggested his policies were motivated more by a desire to recreate a more "pure" form of Buddhism. Through the Chinese monk [[Donggao Xinyue]], Mitsukuni maintained contacts with a number of [[Ming dynasty|Ming]] exiles.<ref>Rebeckah Clements, "Speaking in Tongues? Daimyo, Zen Monks, and Spoken Chinese in Japan, 1661–1711," The Journal of Asian Studies Vol. 76, No. 3 (August) 2017: 616.</ref>
    
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