Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Tile roofs

Toshodaiji Temple, Kyoto sightseeing
Toshodaiji Temple, Kyoto sightseeing
This is a close-up of tile roofs along the edge of the eaves in a temple.
On the tile roofs are carved Chinese characters and they show that this temple was founded by people from China.
Location by Google Map


At 10/17/2006 11:11 AM, Blogger Edulabbe said...

I've always been impressed by japanese architecture.
It's so simple and perfect. And why the houses we see in TV and movies are always so neat and in order? (just kidding).
I hope I can travel sometime to Japan and visit your amazing culture. Pity it's so expensive!

Greetings from Chile, only across the Pacific.

At 10/17/2006 2:11 PM, Blogger Eric said...

I read somewhere once (or think I read) that the tiles on roofs are curved so that when the bad spirits land on them they would slide off. Is that accurate?

At 10/17/2006 6:09 PM, Blogger macky said...

edulabbe and eric,
thanks for your nice comments:-)
edulabbe: Yes, Pacific is so big to across... One of Japanese cartoon's characters is "Doraemon". He has "dokodemo-door". It allows people to go everywhere they want after they just pass through it. I wish he had existed!!
eric: Interesting story! Well, sorry for my ignorance. I have not heard about it but the story sounds natural.(I don't know exactly) I'll look it over:-)

At 10/18/2006 11:27 PM, Blogger Jing said...

First,macky i like "Doraemon" very much. I saw him when i was in the middle school and now i still like to see it on tv. :D

and I looked at that photo, this temple is very very old, right?? built by Chinese people 1,000 year ago? Tang Dynasty? wow...amazing. still looks great!


At 10/18/2006 11:28 PM, Blogger Jing said...

i am also very interested in the story eric said...:)
want to know it too~~

At 10/19/2006 10:51 PM, Blogger macky said...

jing: Every time I was about to be late to go to school, I missed some magical tools of "doraemon".
As you said, this temple is very old and was built by Ganjin(鑑真) or Jianzhen more than 1,000 years ago. He was a great mind.


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