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Buildings and structures on the path to the entrance to the main courtyard, Tosho-gu Shrine, Nikko, Japan, 1900

Reference Number: PA1-f-146-18-4

View of some of the buildings and structures on the path to the entrance to the main courtyard, Tosho-gu Shrine, Nikko, Japan. In the foreground stands a bronze arch (torii), behind this on the left is the Washbasin Shed which houses a stone basin containing water for the ritual washing of hands and mouth, and beside it is the Sutra Repository. Photographed by Thomas PringleThe Tosho-gu Shrine was built in 1616-1617 as the mausoleum or mortuary temple of the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu (1542-1616). Ieyasu was the first Shogun of the Edo period (1603-1868) of Japanese History. Edo is the old name for Tokyo.In its present form the Tosho-gu Shrine results from a remodling carried out between 1634-1636. The architect/designer for this work was Kora Munehiro (1574-1646).Architectural style: The general style of the Tosho-gu Shrine is what the Japanese call kara-yo (literally "Chinese style"). This style was imported from China with Zen Buddhism during the Kamakura period (1185-1336). At the Tosho-gu Shrine the kara-yo style has been combined with Japanese styles.(Information from "Edo Architecture: Katsura and Nikko" Naomi Okawa, Weatherhill/Heibonsha, New York and Tokyo, 1975)

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Thomas Pringle album, Reference Number PA1-f-146 (25 digitised items)

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