Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Hosomon Gate

The Hosomon Gate is the inner,  more elaborate gate that leads to the Senso-ji Temple. First built in 942, it has been destroyed by fire a number of times, including during  WW11. The present gate was rebuilt in 1964.

The first story of the gate houses three lanterns. Two are black & gold, while the third is red.

The largest of the lanterns is this red one, standing nearly four meters in height and weighing over 400kgs. It sits in the center of the gate. How impressive is this?

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