Thursday, February 22, 2007

A structure in Nanzenji Temple

Nanzenji Temple, Kyoto
This is a brick-made bridge for supplying clean water in the middle of Kyoto city and pass through a site of Nanzenji Temple, one of biggest temples in Kyoto and the highest ranking temple of all Zen temples in Kyoto. The bridge was built about 120 years ago, making the most of the Western technique of civil engineering.

This structure has conveyed supply water from Biwa Lake, the biggest lake in Japan and near Kyoto, to Kyoto.

By the way, what brought the structure in the site of the highest-ranking temple? Some said that the new government in those days built this structure not only to supply water into Kyoto but also to harass the temple. This temple got a lot of benefits from the old government, which was overthrown by the new government. So the new government in those days is said to have disliked the temple.

But now, this old structure adds a fascinating sightseeing spot to the temple, thanks to the harassment.
Location by Google Map

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At 2/22/2007 11:29 PM, Blogger Kate said...

There is nothing to dislike in this photo. Splendid capture!

At 2/22/2007 11:39 PM, Blogger dutchie said...

And in general macky i really appreciate the text you put next to each photo. Makes me learn a lot!!

At 2/24/2007 7:48 AM, Anonymous mike c said...

hi macky, nice photo. For some reason it look s a little like a painting to me. With the people placed afterwards in photoshop. Maybe because the light is so diffused and there is so much texture on the bridge.


At 2/24/2007 6:36 PM, Blogger Neorelix said...

Brilliant picture - nice muted colours and good composition.


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