Shizuoka Grand Hotel Nakajimaya

3-10 Koyamachi Aoi-ku, Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture, 420-0852ã??, Japan
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Autographed by the 108th emperor....

by cheesecake17


After you pay the fee of 300 yen, the beautiful gate you see in the shadow is the ROMON TWO-STORIED GATE.....The shrine is under remodeling for a few years now, so this gate has not been repainted but its just has beautiful.....

Take a close look and the tablet Tosho-Daigongen is autographed by the 108th Emperor GOMIZUNOO...

ROMON also mean IMPERIAL TABLET GATE.....

Inside close rooms are 2 ZUISHINS (attendants) who sits on either side of the gate front part....and on the back are 2 KOMA-INUS (lion dogs )..... which are placed here in order to keep away the evil......

The story of Koma-Inu

Koma-Inu are a pair of guardian dogs. They are placed to guard the shrine against all kinds of evil. Usually, the right-hand (facing the gate) statue is a lion with his mouth open and the left-hand statue is a dog, with his mouth closed.

The dog’s features (open/close) originated from “a-hum” in Sanskrit, the literary language of ancient India. Most of their looks are ferocious to threaten an evil sprit, but some of them are lovely.

There are four kinds of shapes, such as sitting down, bending forepaw down to rise his haunches, holding a ball under his foot, and having a baby at his feet.

Koma-Inu is an ancient Egyptian lion originally. An image of a lion went over to India, and became Buddha’s protection beast. Then, it was introduced into Japan from the Korean Peninsula via China through the Silk Road.


It was easier to photograph the back of the gate, the shadow of the big trees in the front made it very dark to photograph....

Look out for the STABLE AND WOODEN CARVED HORSE The stable was built in 1617..The roof is gabled and tile-roofed..The horse sculpture is copied from
Ieyasu's favorite horse.

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