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Nioh, Deva Kings, Nikko Tosho-gu
Japan

A Tōshō-gū (東照宮) is any Shinto shrine in which Tokugawa Ieyasu is enshrined with the name Tōshō Daigongen (東照大権現). Ieyasu was the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate (1603-1868), which is the third and last of the shogunal governments in Japanese history. It is part of Shrines and Temples of Nikkō UNESCO World Heritage site. Images of the Nioh, which are 4m high, are put on the side of the Omotemon. Therefore, the Omotemon used to be called Nioh-mon Gate. The Nioh is a pair of Deva Kings, and is guardian of Buddhism. The Nioh was relocated to Taiyuin Mausoleum by the law of Meiji government. The name of the gate became Omotemon (Front gate) since then. The Nioh came back to the original place in 1897.

Copyright: Yoshiki Nakamura
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 9000x4500
Taken: 03/07/2013
Uploaded: 03/07/2013
Updated: 06/04/2015
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Tags: nikko; nioh; deva kings; tosho-gu; unesco; world heritage; japan
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