People heading for the main hall of Gokoku-ji were swallowed up one after another by the Furo-mon Gate at the top of the stairs

Furo-mon Gate of Gokoku-ji Temple
Furo-mon Gate of Gokoku-ji Temple
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After crossing the Nio-mon Gate facing Shinobazu-dori Avenue and proceeding along with the approach for a while, a steep staircase awaits you before you reach the main hall. This is Gokoku-ji Temple in Otsuka. This temple used to be a prayer temple for the Tokugawa Shogunate.

At the top of the stairs stands the Furo-mon Gate, and people heading for the main hall are being sucked into the gate one after another. As I watched visitors climb the steep steps and pass through the gate, I felt as if the gate were a gate to success. It is said that even a carp can become a dragon if it passes the gate.

What I suddenly realize is that I had always thought of the gate as a gate named "Tohryu-mon." The image I had was that if one could open the gate and pass through, he or she would be able to rise to the top and grab opportunities at the crossroads of life. But the original legend is different. According to the Encyclopedia of Japan, the Tohryu-mon is not a gate at all, but rather a rapid on the middle course of the Yellow River in China (between Hejin County, Shanxi Province, and Hancheng County, Shaanxi Province). It is based on a legend that a carp that climbs up the rapids will turn into a dragon.

However, because of the use of the Chinese character for "gate," I had always thought there was a gate named "Tohryu" (登竜). The influence of the kanji on the image is not trivial. It is indeed the only ideographic character that continues to be used in the world.

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PHOTO DATA

No

12279

Shooting Date

Mar 2022

Posted On

May 28, 2022

Place

Otsuka, Tokyo

Genre

Street Photography

Camera

SONY ALPHA 7R II

Lens

ZEISS LOXIA 2/35

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