The gold dust collected from Mount Nonodake
in Wakuya Town. It originates from a secondary ore deposit where grains of gold accumulate in the layers of rock. This geology clearly shows that Japan’s history of gold extraction began with the collection of gold dust. The gold dust first collected here, in 749 (Tenpyo 21), was used to plate the Vairocana-Buddha at Todai-ji Temple in Nara.