While most of the large halls in the Kanto area were rebuilt in concrete after the Great Kanto Earthquake, the large main hall of Gokoku-ji Temple is still made of wood. After all, this main hall was built more than 300 years ago in 1697. It is a structure that has stood the same way since the days when concrete did not exist. It was not destroyed by fire during the Edo period, nor collapsed by the Great Kanto Earthquake, nor burnt to ashes by air raids during World War II, and is still standing in Otsuka.
The greenish-blue copper shingle roof is supported by dark brown wooden pillars. The greenish-blue and dark brown colors seem to be complementary, but the bright color of the stairs that one must climb to get up to the main hall is detracting from the overall image. When the main hall is viewed from the front, the bright colors of the foundation seem to be out of balance with the bright colors of the stairs.
Regardless of the color scheme, the stairs leading up to the main hall seem to be popular among young children, and it seems like there are always children running around happily on these stairs. The last time I was here, there was a boy running around, and on this particular day, there was a girl running around the stairs in circles.
|May 2022 IN THE CITY TOKYO|
|GIRL MAIN HALL OTSUKA RUN SLOPE TEMPLE|
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