Wall Of Kitakoji

Wall of Kitakoji
Shot in Kitakoji, Kyoto ©Tetsu Ozawa
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The wall stretched all the way to Kitakoji between Nishi Honganji and Koshoji

As I walked along Horikawa-dori, I saw a gate. Thinking that I would be able to enter the precincts of Nishi Honganji Temple once I passed through the gate, I hurriedly walked through the gate and found a different scene than I had expected. What I stepped into was not the precincts of the temple, but a narrow alley called Kitakoji that stretched between Nishi Honganji temple and Koshoji temple. There was a wall on either side of the straight alley, and the entrance to Nishi Honganji was nowhere to be seen. The gate I had just passed was the Kitakoji-mon Gate, which marked the entrance to Kitakoji.

Kitakoji is an inconspicuous narrow alley. However, it has a long history. It is said to have existed since the time when Kyoto was called Heian-kyo, which means it has existed for more than a thousand years. Today, the alley is just an alley connecting Horikawa-dori and Omiya-dori, sandwiched between Buddhist temples, but it was originally a small alley connecting Higashi-ichi and Nishi-ichi, the official markets of Heian-kyo.

The alley was just a series of walls with no pedestrians. I stopped passing through this historic alley and went back to Horikawa-dori to go to Nishi Honganji Temple. At that time, I never dreamed that the Honganji Karamon gate, a national treasure, was sitting at the end of this alley. What a pity. However, now that I look at this photo carefully, I can see a cover at the end of the path that says "National Treasure Karamon Restoration". Even if I had continued on my way, I would not have been able to see it because it was under restoration.

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Apr 2021 IN THE CITY KYOTO

Where is Kitakoji-mon Gate?

PHOTO DATA

No

11870

Shooting Date

Feb 2020

Posted On

April 8, 2021

Place

Kyoto City, Kyoto

Genre

Street Photography

Camera

SONY ALPHA 7R II

Lens

ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF

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