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26 May 2023

weathered treasure

Todaiji temple in Nara has many old wooden buildings, and this gigantic gate was originally built in the 10th century and re-built in the 12th century. The gate is called Nan-Dai-Mon, which means the south-great-gate, and is the biggest gate of temple in Japan.

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We can see its unique wooden structure to support its gigantic eaves, and you will notice they are terribly weathered and lost its surface color. Although it may be very cool from a Wabi-Sabi point of view for some kind of people like me.

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