Daibutsu, Kamakura

Daibutsu, Kamakura
Daibutsu in Kamakura, June 2010. There were thousands of school kids visiting that day. It was still great fun.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

About Nikko - Karadou-torii



This torii gate is called the Karadou-torii. The famous Yomeimon Gate is seen in the background. The 3rd Tokugawa Shogun Iemitsu spent approximately 200,000,000 yen in today's currency for the construction of this torii gate.

This torii gate is unusual in that it is made of bronze which is also why it cost so much. What is also unusual is that a lotus flower is carved on the foot of the pillars. It is unusual because the lotus flower is associated with buddhism while torii gates are asscoiated with Shinto Shrines.

That is one way to tell a Shinto shrine from a Buddhist temple if there is a torii gate located at the entrance.

6 comments:

  1. Interesting and informative post Tornadoes. In my recent visit to Nikko, I didn't notice the gate being made of bronze.

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  2. I did not either but the next time I visit I will take a closer look. I also want to return the the Tokugawa Ieyasu musueleum.

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  3. Dutchie7:01 AM

    Does that meant that wooden torii gates r less to withstand the test of time ?

    R such gates a relic or r they still erected in present times ?

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  4. Yes. I have seen many wooden torii gates that are old and falling down due to rot and weather.

    Torii gates are replaced all the time. Have you seen some shrines where there is a long pathway under dozens or 100s of torii gates? Gates that are damaged or about to fall down are replaced all the time, if the shrine has money to do it of course.

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  5. Cool photo. Nikko's definitely the best day-trip out of Tokyo.

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  6. Also a good weekend for people who also like to go hiking, see the lake, etc.

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