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In our last post about Toushou-gu (SEE HERE ), we cantillated about the poignant and dignified resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu owing much to its natural surroundings. What an extraordinary contrast the rest of the Toushou-gu complex is! Just look at the flamboyant colours and the exaggerated use of gold though out:






There are few places of historical importance that we have visited that have shown such an obvious double-personality. I must admit that I much prefer the quiet reverence of Tokugawa Ieyasu's mausoleum site over the opulent exuberance of the above.





17 comments:

  1. Wow, this place is absolutely amazing! The colorful, architectural details are so beautiful! Next time I'm in Japan, I would love to visit this place!

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  2. Absolutely stunning. That shot of you looking up to the 5 levels of the pagoda/temple is awe inspiring. I know what you mean about preferring a simpler temple - less riots of colour and feels more harmonious. Though, I can definitely appreciate the sheer amount of detail and craftsmanship!
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  3. What an incredible contrast! Although this is very impressive, I must admit I much prefer the more sober location as well.
    xox,
    Cee

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  4. wow, such intricate details. the last image with a dragon in it is a little intimidating, in a good way - almost as if the picture is coming alive! x

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  5. they do like it gold don't they. love those cheeky monkies.

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  6. It is indeed a feat of architectural brilliance yet I cant help but feel more in tune to the likes of Horyuji - ancient and plain in comparison but most of the building there have been built without a single nail. Now that to me is extraordinary craftsmanship?

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  7. I think this is unusual for Japan (more common in Okinawa perhaps) - soooooo much gold!!! Yes! The monkeys - see no, speak no, hear no evil?

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  8. I agree with you so completely Cee - this is nice to see but it doesnt move me like the quieter location.

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  9. When next you are in Japan I would recommend Horyuji - it is less colourful in comparison but most of the buildings there have been built without a single nail. Such an extraordinary feat of craftsmanship.

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  10. Oh wow that is indeed fancy. I actually like looking at over-opulent places like this, not my aesthetic exactly but it's fun to see how much effort was put into making it look almost over the top!

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  11. We were talking about going to Japan for a vacay and the boys were saying only if they could stay in a village like in The Last Samurai. Hmm, I was imagining an elaborate structure more like this! Possible?

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  12. Great idea! Ummm without intending to sound offhand or rude...I have not watched the Last Samurai mainly because it is a source of offence to the husband (don't ask) but I THINK i know what your boys mean....something perhaps like this?? http://www.worshipblues.com/2010/08/in-praise-of-shadows-adventure-in.html

    These photos are actually taken in a temple complex and I don't think you could stay somewhere like this without special invitation. BUT you may like somewhere like this? http://www.worshipblues.com/2013/03/the-glowing-night.html



    Let me know what you think - I can try and help!

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    1. Yes, Niigata is perfect vision of what the boys were thinking about! I can settle for that too especially when it look so peaceful and fresh. We will definitely need yr help when the time comes. What is the closest Int airport to it?

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  13. wow. magnificent! and how in the world were these created and made. breathtaking ;)

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  14. This is stunning! the colours, the red is so vibrant! the three wise monkeys are lovely :)
    xo

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  15. I think there is a Niigata airport? BUT You may wish to fly in to Narita or Haneda and then get a bullet train (2 hours) and a great experience from Tokyo to Niigata. Getting a JR Rail pass will save you money too!

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  16. Oh my goodness, amazing. I want to go here :)))

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