The Shinto shrine is one of the most important Shinto shrines in Kyoto, Japan. It is the head of about 3,000 Shinto shrines in Japan. Its reputation is well known and its history is long.
This is my second visit to the shrine. From spring to late autumn, the scenery is still more beautiful and the familiar buildings are more ancient.
The main gate of the Shinto shrine is opposite the shopping street of gion park. Right in front of shopping is one of the oldest shrines in kansai. The shrine in Kyoto is one example of what has been said about Japan’s extensive preservation of tang buildings.
& have spent So is this true? We’ll do the analysis later.
& have spent Red west gate house & NBSP; It is the largest existing stone archway torii in Japan, and the main hall built in the architectural style of the gion garden of national important cultural relics in Japan. Among them, the temple was rebuilt in 1654, the gate of the west building in 1497, the zhuzi society in 1646, and the stone bird house in 1666.
Located at the end of four main streets in Kyoto city, batasaka shrine is the general club of Japan’s national park of worship, dedicated to the elimination of evil, exorcism, thriving business god, deeply believed by the Japanese. According to textual research, “bataka shrine” by the Meiji restoration in 1868 began to use the current name, but Kyoto people nickname it “only garden mulberry”. The major festivals held every year include the gion festival, mountain festival, god festival, return festival, etc.
Entering from the south gate, through the stone bird house and the god gate, I first saw the dance hall with layers of lanterns. This is one of my favorite buildings during my trip to Kyoto. Although I have never seen these lanterns lit up, I was impressed by their layers and architectural collocation. Many visitors, like me, couldn’t resist taking a picture or posing with it when they saw it. All the lights are lit during the festival season.
Dance around the temple, is the only garden built this temple, and a day to visit a lot of Japanese people, hanging them shaking bell rope, and then clapping, bow and pay visits to the Japanese in kimonos, or wear modern clothes, when to visit his deep religious and rigorous, meticulous movements, it is accord with the Japanese always rigorous attitude of doing things. Many tourists will also line up to visit the shrine.
Apart from the fact that this gion building is welcomed by the Japanese, many other small shrines scattered around sando still attract people. The gray stone bird houses with horizontal lintels and the brown wood niches with hanging eaves have a Japanese style of simplicity.
One of the most famous to belong to the United States before the club, usually girls come to worship, it is said to be for beauty, but also for love, marriage. Many Chinese tour guides use it as a small spot to clock in.
Inside the shrine, kimono-clad Chinese tourists can be seen everywhere. If they don’t open their mouths and only look at their backs, they look like Japanese. Kimono renting is a popular way to make money in Kyoto. If you open a small shop here and rent hanfu, it will be very popular.
Although it is a Japanese shrine, many Chinese tourists see it as a shrine of the tang dynasty. After visiting Japan, many Chinese tourists expressed their admiration: “Japan preserved the tang dynasty too well”, “Japan preserved the culture of the tang dynasty perfectly” and so on.
At first, I thought so too. However, when it comes to the specific culture of architecture, China and Japan are actually quite different, and the quantity and quality of the early ancient buildings that remain in China are no worse than those in Japan.
The development of early wooden architecture in Japan is closely related to China, which can be proved by history. In the asuka era (sui dynasty of China), Japan was influenced by Chinese architectural culture from the Korean peninsula and began to send envoys to the tang dynasty in the 7th century to learn Chinese culture and then copy and imitate it.
After a period of localization, Japan was again influenced by the architectural style of the southern song dynasty during the kamakura period. During this period, Japanese wooden architecture not only learned from China, but also combined with local cultural characteristics, which formed different styles in different periods. Japanese architecture in the asuka period was different from that in kamakura period, just like that in tang dynasty and song dynasty.
Therefore, today we will feel familiar when we see the ancient Japanese buildings. But since China’s influence on Japan’s construction culture is a continuous process, many indigenous practices have emerged in Japan.
Some of these practices are combined with Chinese culture, while others are completely Japanese. The details of wooden building in the Chinese tang dynasty architecture almost no, such as qi tou ang, corner parallel rafter, lattice window (this is more common in the Chinese song dynasty architecture, the tang dynasty is the most common window shape is straight lattice window), long, twisted corner head and so on.
These detailed practices in the Shinto shrine many times, travel throughout Kyoto is more intense. Therefore, the Shinto shrine is one of the evidences of tang dynasty architecture, which I doubt.
Another thing to mention here is that the “tang broken wind” (the architectural style of the todaiji temple in nara), which is very common in Japanese ancient architecture, is considered by many domestic tourists as a copy of tang architecture. Tang bufeng, which is said to have originated in kamakura period, was prevalent in the amato mountain period (Ming dynasty). But the first name here, tang, does not refer to the tang dynasty.
At present, there are no examples of ancient buildings with similar shape and structure in China, and all kinds of cultural relic materials cannot determine whether China is the direct source of Japanese tang dynasty broken wind. However, there are a large number of buildings directly imitating the broken style of the Japanese tang dynasty in the imitation of ancient Chinese architecture, leading many tourists to believe that Japanese ancient architecture has been the continuation and inheritance of the culture of the flourishing tang dynasty.
The autumn sun is shining, the orange buildings are stunning and tourists are flocking to the shrine. No matter how well Japan continues the flourishing tang culture, it belongs to our civilization and we have to inherit it ourselves.