Daibutsu, Kamakura

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

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Old Style Japanese Gate

I love Japanese gates. This is one of my favorite that came across while walking around Otawara in Tochigi-ken. I'm not sure if this is an old style but it looks like it.

I particularly like this gate because it is not solid, you can see through the slats into the beautiful inner garden. Also, the wall on each side is not high and imposing, further allowing visibility into the inner garden.


15 comments:

  1. Looks good to me and wouldn't be too difficult to put in at home :)

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  2. Stumble upon an interesting blog so Jon san thank's for sharing. I love Japan as well ,,,

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  3. Thank you both for the comments. Yes, I would love to have this at my house also.

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  4. I also love it. The detail is great.

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  5. An interesting gate. The roof over the gate features a downspout. I've noticed that Japanese gates either taper off front to back or left to right, depending on their style. Gates are a formal architecture style prominent in Asian architecture. The Tori itself is conisdered a gate.

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  6. Oh yes, that's interesting about the downspout. I had not noticed that before and don't recall seeing that on too many other gates. I particularly like this gate because it is not solid, you can see through the slats into the beautiful inner garden. Also, the wall on each side is not high and imposing, further allowing visibility into the inner garden.

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  7. My favorite gate is the famous one in Kyoto. I think I have a picture of it somewhere from my visit to Kyoto, if I find it, I'll put it on my blog. What drew me to this gate is that it marks the end of the Tōkaidō (road), the ancient road between Edo and Kyoto. During my first visit to Japan in 1995, I received a present for a gentleman. It was a collection of the 53 stops on the road to Tōkaidō he had collected over the years. They were included with cigarette packages (remember when they did that stuff?). He had them meticulously framed and was proud of the set.


    A Picture of the Gate in Kyoto Marking the End of Tōkaidō (road)

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  8. Very interesting Tony. I look forward to seeing that gate.

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  9. I found the picture. Quite an impressive gate. I can't imagine who can paint it from top to bottom without getting afraid of the height. I am told is is one of the biggest gates in Japan, if not the world.

    My blog entry on the end of Tokaido

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  10. That is huge. There is a large torii gate in Nikko near Lake Chuzenji that goes over the road but it is not that big as the Tokaido one.

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  12. Hello John
    It's great to know you. I'm a Jidaigeki mania too.
    Do you speak Japanese?
    I mean, I'm mot good at English at all.

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    1. I do not speak much Japanese.

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