February 1, 2014

Kara-mon (Chinese gate): Kencho-ji

Peony flowers were introduced from China into Japan in the 8th century. In China, and also in Japan, a peony flower is traditionally appreciated as the queen of flowers and is regarded as the most auspicious flower of all as well as a beautiful emblem of eternal youth and happiness.

This black-lacquered gate in Chinese-style, which is originally prepared for guests of honor, is splendidly decorated with various gilded figures of auspicious omens which include the figures of peony flowers.

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