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January 30 2013

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September 22 2012

Unusual Architecture in Japan - the Dutch gate - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Oyama Shrine, Kanazawa

The Oyama Shrine from Kanazawa is well known because of its main gate’s unusual architecture. Actually, the gate was originally built for the palace from the Kanazawa castle and was later moved to the shrine.

The gate’s original shape was designed by a Dutch architect, who wanted to mix several European and Asian architectural elements. Thus, the lower part is inspired by a Japanese Zen Buddhist temple gate, Sanmon, while the second level is influenced by a Chinese Ming dynasty style gate. Finally, the top level is actually a lighthouse, with stained glass windows in a typical Dutch style…

August 18 2012

Hozomon Gate by night - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Hozomon Gate, Senso-ji Temple, Asakusa, Tokyo

From the very few temples equipped with night illumination, the Senso-ji from Asakusa, Tokyo, stands out through its beautiful lights and decorations.
Here you can admire the Hozomon Gate on a warm summer night, when the paper lanterns are shining in the light and the statues of the two Nio guardians can be seen even better than during the day…

August 09 2012

Unusual Japanese architecture - Isshin-ji Gate - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Niomon Gate, Isshin-ji Temple, Osaka

If you are in Osaka and want to see something unusual, in the Tennoji ward, best known for its Shinsekai entertainment district, take a little time to visit the Isshin-ji Temple.

Established 800 years ago, Isshin-ji was destroyed during the WWII and was progressively rebuilt over the following decades. One of the most recent constructions is the Main gate, raised in 1997 after the design of the head priest, who is also an architect. Made of steel, concrete and glass, with bronze statues, the new gate is a truly spectacular structure, unique amongst the Japanese temple gates (technically, this is a Niomon gate) and, as you can see from the photo, a great point of attraction for passersby.

July 25 2012

Kyoto Fushimi Inari Main Gate - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto

Best known for Senbon torii, the over 5000 vermillion torii gates, the shrine Fushimi Inari Taisha from Kyoto is also famous for its large number of kitsune (foxes) statues. Messengers of Inari, the kami worshiped here, the kitsune are omnipresent in the shrine, starting right at the entrance, where the spectacular Main Gate (built by the famous Toyotomi Hideyoshi) is flanked by two large kitsune statues. In case you’re wondering, the kitsune from the left holds in his mouth the keys to the granaries, because Inari is the kami of rice.

July 08 2012

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July 03 2012

The Shogun's will from the Yomeimon Gate -  via A Japan Photo per Day -

Yomeimon Gate, Toshougu Shrine, Nikko

There are more than 500 sculptures on the Yomeimon Gate from the Toshougu Shrine in Nikko, some representing imaginary animals, others illustrating old legends.

For me, the most interesting of them is the group of over 20 sculptures titled “Children and Ieyasu", representing children playing. Searching for their meaning, I learned that the group represents an artistic representation of the will of the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, his desire for a future peaceful society: “Go for the right way and build a foundation of peace”.

Here is one of these sculptures, titled “A child tries to break the snowman down. Another child starts crying"…

June 23 2012

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June 13 2012

Odawara Castle Tokiwagi Gate -  via A Japan Photo per Day -

The Odawara Castle is one of the many Japanese castles that were rebuilt during the 1960s. The disadvantage of the reconstruction is that it is not historically accurate, both inside and outside - the great loss is the interior, but the exterior was changed too with the added observation deck…

However, one advantage of this reconstruction is that the castle’s gates, moats, bridges and defense walls were also rebuilt, thus providing a complete image of how the castle’s surroundings looked like.

Here is the largest gate of the castle, the first that was rebuilt, the main entrance to the inner courtyard and also an important strategic place for the castle’s defenses. The name of this gate is Tokiwagi, which can be translated as “Evergreen", a name that was inspired by the nearby large pine trees. The pine is, in the Japanese tradition, a symbol of longevity, so it is said that the name of the gate also reflects the desire of the castle’s lord for durability and prosperity…

December 16 2011

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