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:




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



Adluts 600yen

Junior high/high school students 250yen



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    



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