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Yomeimon (Gate of Sunlight), Nikkō Tōshō-gū | by Ray in Manila
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Yomeimon (Gate of Sunlight), Nikkō Tōshō-gū



Tōshō-gū is dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate. It was initially built in 1617, during the Edo period, while Ieyasu's son Hidetada was shōgun. It was enlarged during the time of the third shogun, Iemitsu. Ieyasu is enshrined there, where his remains are also entombed.


Famous buildings at the Tōshō-gū include the richly decorated Yōmeimon Gate, Designated a National Treasure one of the most beautiful gates in Japan. It is also also known as "higurashi-no-mon". The latter name means that one could look at it until sundown, and not tire of seeing it. It is covered with over 500 carvings depicting traditional anecdotes, children playing, sages and wise men and decorated in gold leaf.ō_Tōshō-gū

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Taken on April 19, 2018