I found a big gateway (to a Shinto shrine).
This is your guide when you visit "Heian Jinguu".
This is one of the largest in Japan.
"Heian-Jinguu" was built in 1895.
It is a restoration of ancient Imperial Palace,"Heian-Kyou",11-12th century.
The shrine is dedicated to Emperor Kanmu and Emperor Koumei.
Kanmu moved the capital to Heian-Kyou,and Koumei was the last before Emperor Meiji,
who moved the capital to Tokyo.
This is "Outen-mon".（応天門）
This is also a restoration of the main gate of ancient Imperial Palace.(5/8 size)
This is really big gate...
Two women are taking a walk in a shrine,having a pleasant chat.
"Souryuu" means "Azure Dragon".
In China,"Azure Dragon" is a guardian deity of East direction.
That is why this tall building is located east of the premises.
According to Chinese constellation,
"White tiger" guards West direction,
"Vermilion Bird" guards South direction,
"Black Tortoise" guards North direction.
The Four Symbols are four mythological creatures in the Chinese constellations.
Each one of them represents a direction and a season of the year,and each has its own individual characteristics and origins.
This constellation was brought into Japan from China in ancient times.
And this constellation influenced Emperor Kanmu.
He regarded this Chinese constellation highly when he built this Palace.
"Byakko" means "White Tiger".
So this building is located west of the premises.
"Souryu-Rou" and "Byakko-Rou" make a pair architecture.
They are stunning.
And this big shrine has a beautiful garden,called "Shin-en".
In April,this garden is covered with a profusion of flowers!
You can't miss it.
I'll show it on my next post.
To be continued...