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YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THIS PRESENTATION HERE: http://www.slideshare.net/michaelasanda/japan11-nikko3 Thank you! Nikkō is a town at the entrance to Nikko National Park, a popular destination for Japanese and international tourists. Attractions include three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the mausoleum of shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu (Nikkō Tōshō-gū), Rinnō-ji Shrine and the Futarasan Shrine, which dates to the year 782. Nikkō Tōshō-gū is a Shinto shrine is part of the "Shrines and Temples of Nikkō", a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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JAPAN Nikko Short but sweet touching trip 3

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Nikkō is a town at the entrance to Nikko National Park, a popular destination for Japanese and international tourists. Attractions include three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the mausoleum of shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu (Nikkō Tōshō-gū), Rinnō-ji Shrine and the Futarasan Shrine, which dates to the year 782. Elevations range from 200 to 2,000 m

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Nikkō Tōshō-gū is a Shinto shrine, part of the "Shrines and Temples of Nikkō", a UNESCO World Heritage Site Tōshō-gū is dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate. Initially built in 1617, during the Edo period, while Ieyasu's son Hidetada was shogun, it was enlarged during the time of the third shogun, Iemitsu. Ieyasu Ishidorii - Stone gate - Built in 1618

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This torii gate was constructed in 1618 and is 9 meters high. It is constructed of 15 different stone pieces that were made to be earthquake proof due to the flexibility of the joints. Since its construction no earthquake has toppled the torii gate yet which is evidence of the brilliance of the engineers that constructed it four centuries ago Torii, entrance gate (without doors) to a Shinto shrine, does not serve as a physical barrier, but the threshold marks the boundary of the sacred space

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After you pass through the granite torii, you will see an impressive pagoda on your left. The original five-storey pagoda, donated by a daimyo in 1650, was burnt down in a fire, and then rebuilt in 1818  Symbol of Nikkō

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There are no floors inside

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Perched on top of the pagoda is a decorated finial (a form of flagpole), sometimes called a "demon arrester" as it functions as a lightning rod

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This five storied pagoda (Goju-no-to) is 36m high

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Each story of this pagoda represents an element: Earth, Water, Fire, Wind and Heaven

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It is made earthquake-proof with a massive pillar inside suspended from the upper floors

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The twelve animals of the Chinese Jyuni-shi (the Oriental Zodiac) are carved on the first story

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Each animal carving faces the direction

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Omote-mon (front gate) or Niomon Gate, guarded by two Nio figures who represent the first and last letter of the Sanskrit alphabet – one open-mouthed for “ah” and one closed-mouthed for “un”.

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©Ron Reznick Niō guardians (benevolent kings) protect entrance gate at temples

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Niō guardians - Hindu Gods incorporated into Buddhism as protectors against evil spirits

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The other side of Omote-mon (front gate) guarded by Komainu / Shishi - guardian lion-dog figure

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The open mouth is supposed to be expelling evil spirits, while the closed-mouthed one is supposed to be keeping good spirits in

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strongly resemble Chinese guardian lions and in fact originate from Tang dynasty China

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Sacred Stable (Shinkyusha)

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Sacred Stable (Shinkyusha) This is the only unpainted wood structure on the precincts. It is the sacred stables, decorate with the famous Three Monkeys. Carved by the famous sculptor Hidari Jingoro, the panels on the Shinkyo (Sacred Horse Stable) tell the Tale of the Three Monkeys. The most famous of them is Mizaru; Iwazaru; Kikazaru (See no Evil, Speak no Evil, Hear no Evil). Monkeys are associated with the Shinkyo because it was believed that monkeys protect horses

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The mother monkey is looking far into the future of her child;

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the child is looking up at the mother’s face with trust

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Three monkeys tells us that children should “See-no-evil, Say-no-evil, Hear-no-evil.”

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The child prepares for independence .He is about to be independent

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He is ambitiously looking up. Look to the sky with great ambition (clouds symbolize ambition)

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Live your life with honor; friends look out for one another

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Live your life with honor; friends look out for one another He is frustrated in life and desperately looking down the cliff while one of his friends is cheering him up

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Fall in Love. He is love sick Two married monkeys (Life is like a Tidal Wave)

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A newly-wedded couple are going to sail through the rough waves of life together The pregnant mother sets off to begin the cycle again

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She is an expectant mother, and return to the first scene

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Pregnant Monkey (Child monkey becomes a Mother some day)

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Nikko’s shrine construction employed 4.5 million artists and craftsmen for 17 months. the Shinkyo is the only unpainted bare wood building in the Nikko Toshogu shrine

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Pictures: Sanda Foi ş oreanu Nicoleta Leu Internet Copyright: All the images belong to their authors Presentation: Sanda Foi ş oreanu www.slideshare.net/michaelasanda Sound : Era and Oliver Shanti - Sacral Nirvana 2015

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The Japanese saying "Never say 'kekkou' until you've seen Nikko"—kekko meaning beautiful, magnificent or "I am satisfied"—is a reflection of the beauty and sites in Nikkō

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