Tira is the name for a Buddhist temple in Japan. It is usually built on rising ground, constructed of the best cedars and firs, and adorned within with many carved images. In the middle of the temple stands an altar with one or more gilt idols upon it, and a beautiful candlestick with perfumed candles burning before it. Kimpfer says, "The whole empire is full of these temples, and their priests are without number. In and about Miako alone there are 3893 temples, and 37,093 siukku, or priests."