The roof of the Goeido, which stands tall in Higashi Honganji Temple, is a multi-storied gabled roof with more than 170,000 tiles, giving it a dignified and historical look. When I got close to the building and looked at it from below, I could see that it was made of many thin pieces of timber.
It was obvious that this was a wooden structure, but the combination of long, thin pieces of wood reminded me of the architecture of Kengo Kuma. When I look up at the roof of the Goeido, for some reason, it seems to resemble buildings designed by Kengo Kuma, such as the Starbucks in Dazaifu, the Takaosanguchi station in Tokyo, and the building at Zuishoji Temple, also in Tokyo. However, the Goeido was completed in 1895. Obviously, Kengo Kuma was the one who inspired the building, not Higashi Honganji. Kengo Kuma's architecture is characterized by a Japanese design that makes use of wood and other traditional Japanese materials, so it is no surprise that he was inspired by this traditional temple with a long history in Kyoto. It may be that I just thought so because I don't know much about architecture.
April 7, 2021
Higashi Honganji, Kyoto
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