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Last year I had the pleasure of visiting Japan. Though I saw many amazing sights, there was one in particular that I enjoyed seeing and that was Kaminarimon. Though it is simple in design and not as ornate as some of the nearby structures, I felt that its location as a gateway surrounded by modern buildings, helps it to paint a portrait of the contrast between the past and the present.
The original Kaminarimon was built in 942 AD, but moved to its current location in the Asakusa district of Tokyo during the Kamakura period (1192-1333). It remained there until 1865 when it burned down in a fire. It would not be rebuilt until the current structure was put in place by Konosuke Matsushita, the founder of the Matsushita Electronic (now known as Panasonic).
Kaminarimon serves as a gateway to Senso-ji grounds which features multiple shrines and is very popular with tourists. It contains four statues of gods, two on each side. Contained within the gate is a giant lantern, known as a chōchin, which features a wooden carving of a dragon at the bottom. I have included some original photography for comparison from my trip to Japan.
I have always enjoyed the Lego Architecture line and own most of the sets, and I thought that it would be nice to have a little more representation from Eastern cultures.
The set contains about 300 pieces.
I hope you will help me get to 10,000 so we can see this on shelves. Please feel free to check out my other projects.
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