2011年04月24日

'Taiyuin' in Nikko, the mausoleum of the third shogun 'Tokugawa Iemitsu' who established 'Toshogu' for his grandfather 'Ieyasu', is carefully watched by many Buddhist guardian deities.

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In a dense thicket of cedar trees, there stand twenty-two stately wooden buildings,which are designated as a national treasure or an important cultural property, in the grounds of 'Taiyuin' next to 'Toshogu' in Nikko. Unlike 'Toshogu', the mausoleum of of the first shogun 'Tokugawa Ieyasu', the main building of 'Taiyuin' stands after passing through six beautiful gates of various sizes, which divide the compound into six spaces in 3-D, to give visitors an impression as if they were ascending into heaven. The scary Buddhist image in the picture is 'jikokuten' seen besides 'Nitenmon', the largest two-storied gate. 'Taiyuin' is always watched by many guardian deities like this.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 09:07 | Nikko | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする