KATOUMADO (Flower Shaped Window) at Todai-ji Temple

February 3, 2018

Kodai-ji (高台寺) temple was established in 1606 by Kita-no-Mandokoro (1548-1624) in memory of her late husband Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536-1598). Kita-no-Mandokoro was also known as Nene. The temple is really a nice place to visit to enjoy beautiful scenery including its two famous gardens: the karesansui (traditional Japanese dry landscape) style, and the chisenkaiyu (pond and path) style.

 

In Kaisando (開山堂 - Founder's Hall), designated as a Japanese important cultural property, there are flower shaped windows called Katohmado (花頭窓, Ka=flower, tou=head, mado=window in Kanji characters), which are said to be brought by Zen monks from China in the Kamakura period. 

 

Originally, Katoumado was written as 火灯窓 (Ka=flame, tou=lgith, and Mado=window), however, since flame is the most dangerous substance for wooden architectures, those kanji characters were changed. 

 

Today, maybe thanks to the name change, we are able to visit this beautiful, four-hundred-years old construction. Please try YUMEYAKATA's Kimono and feel the warmth of ancient Japan.

 

Akane Kibune

 

 

Kodai-ji Temple:

http://www.kodaiji.com/index.html

 

Open:

9:00am-5:30pm (entrance closes at 5:00pm)

 

Admission:

Adluts 600yen

Junior high/high school students 250yen

 

Access:

10 mins. on foot from Gion Shijo station, Keihan line

15 mins. on foot from Kawaramachi station, Hankyu line

5 mins. on foot from Higashiyama Yasui, Kyoto City bus    

MAP:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/%E9%AB%98%E5%8F%B0%E5%AF%BA/@35.000768,135.781112,16z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x24512a795f6cc880!8m2!3d35.000768!4d135.781112?hl=en

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