The Karamon Gate,Toshogu Shrine,Nikko° 16°ň
[ID] 4020°°°°( ID:4020 )
[Photographer] R. Stillfried
[Album] R. Stillfried(album 3)
[Place] Nikko
[Date] unknown
[Color] mono
[Size] 242x194
[Cabinet] 78-38-0
[Keyword] shrine/Shogun/Nikko Toshogu
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This is the main gate at Toshogu Shinto Shrine. Only high ranking government officials and feudal lords, who were allowed to meet the shogun directly, could use this gate during the Edo Period. The gate was painted white with "kofun" and embellished with parquetry, rosewood, and ebony carvings of dragons. The inscription on the upper portion reads "Shuntei Choken-no-gi" (Emperor Shun's Morning Greetings) and consists of 27 figures carved from one zelkova tree in four rows.