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Miz Home is open at last.

In this series focusing on the life and culture in Kyoto, I’ll share a number of funny, interested, and sometimes strange my daily discovers. First feature is the wooden gates of Japanese national treasure.

With Maiko-San. Cheese!!

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With matcha & mochi sweets. Yum yum…

In 400 years old shrine, beside plum blossom tree.

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Hideyoshi’s National Treasure 3 GATES


Toyokuni Shrine


Today, 3 Chinese style wooden gates are  still existing as Japanese national treasure in Kyoto city, which were relocated from lost historical architecture built by Hideyoshi Toyotomi in 16 century. For example, this beautiful gate is said to be in lost Fushimi castle. Toyokuni shrine worshiping Hideyoshi is located in east district of Kyoto city, though this great spot is not so popular for especially foreign tourist. I think this is most elegant gate in the three and holiest shrine in Kyoto city.

Nishi Hongan-ji



In contradistinction to the chic design of Toyokuni shrine’s gate, this gate in Nishi-Honganaji (buddhism temple having been received Hideyoshi’s big donation)  has many colourful sculptures, for example Chinese dragon and lion, that it has unique nickname “Nightfall Gate” : people don’t never get tired of watching this. Unfortunately, this gate’s origin is still hidden in a vail of mystery.By the way, this temple is also famous for having been Shinsengumi‘s home.




Daitokuji is biggest zen temple built in 13 century, and famous for having made very important culture for Japan, for example Sadou (Japanese tea celemony) and vegetarian food for buddhist. This Chinese style gate they have is said to be reformed from Jurakudai which is a lost palace built by Hideyoshi Toyotomi. Today, this gate is in Daitokuji’s beautiful zen garden, but it’s not open except a during in October. Our adventure is still going.

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