The Kaminarimon (雷門 "Thunder Gate") is the outer of two large entrance gates that ultimately leads to the Sensō-ji (the inner being the Hōzōmon) in Asakusa, Tokyo. The gate, with its lantern and statues, is popular with tourists. It stands 11.7 m tall, 11.4 m wide and covers and area of 69.3 m2.
The Kaminarimon was first built in 942 by Taira no Kinmasa. It was originally located near Komagata, but it was reconstructed in its current location in 1635. This is believed to be when the statues of Shinto gods Raijin and Fūjin were first placed on the gate. Fūjin, the god of wind, is located on the east side of the gate, while Raijin, the god of thunder and lightning, is located on the west side. Both are on the front of the gate.
Two additional statues stand on the reverse of the gate: the Buddhist god Tenryū on the east, and the goddess Kinryū on the west side.
In the center of the Kaminarimon, under the gate, hangs a giant red chōchin that is 4 meters tall, 3.4 meters in circumference and weighs 670 kilograms (1,500 lb). The front of the lantern displays the gate's name, Kaminarimon (雷門). Painted on the back is the gate’s official name, Furaijinmon. A wooden carving depicting a dragon adorns the bottom of the lantern.
Being very fragile, the lantern is not an original piece. It is instead a restoration that was donated in August 2003 in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the start of the Edo period by Konosuke Matsushita, the founder of the Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. (now known as Panasonic).
The gate has been destroyed many times throughout the ages. Four years after its relocation, the Kaminarimon burned down, and in 1649 Tokugawa Iemitsu rebuilt the gate along with several other of the major structures in the temple complex. The Kaminarimon's current structure dates from 1960 as the old gate was destroyed by the Allied fire-bombing of Tokyo.
The lanterns I have been told display names of donors,individuals and companies.
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BennyV (14689) 2009-12-06 6:38
Excellent light management with that pitch black sky contrasting with the lanterns. Great that you managed to keep the characters readable there. Good pov too. So it's "domo arigato" for this one, I'm still following.
JanD (0) 2009-12-06 7:25
Amazing point of view, good long perspective, superb shot. Nice lighs. Original Gate. Good picture.
holmertz (45917) 2009-12-06 8:03
An excellent and very attractive composition, where the diagonal lines of lanterns lead my eyes straight towards the temple gate. The dark sky suits this scene very well.
bracasha75 (24585) 2009-12-06 23:14
Da, ta divna zemlja izlazeceg sunca i ljudi koji vredno i marljivo rade svoj posao posteno do granica fanatizma .Meni se svidja ova fotka ali sam vise (citaj previse) usmern ka Australiji!!!!!
Zelim ti lep dan i naravno sve praznike koji predstoje
pajaran (55539) 2009-12-07 1:19
Pozdrav, kod nas je danas jaka magla i hladno.
Pravi trenutak snimka ove lepe fotografije, dobre perspektive i lepih boja. Lepo prikazana arhitektura.
Puno pozdrava, uspeh u novoj nedelji, Paja.
kschanna (6) 2009-12-07 1:42
Kaki si Klaudio,
I have to say you've got a bold composition here, breaking a few rules but well suited to the subject.
Thanks for sharing
Dyerco (10185) 2009-12-07 4:47
The rows of lanterns make for an interesting and eye catching POV. Good light mamgement as it would be easy to blow out the lights if on is not careful.
Uhu (8543) 2009-12-07 13:10
Great place, it seems! Perfect photo - quite interesting and unusual, also the quality are really amazing for such lighting conditions.
mozzy27 (2) 2009-12-07 16:56
Excellent POV and interesting commentary. Welcome back from your trip abroad. Nice sharpness and clarity, you have used the lighting well.
Vasa (16816) 2009-12-08 15:57
To što je aparat dobro odradio delikatnu svetlosnu situaciju ne umanjuje tvoju ideju da kreiraš najbolju moguću kompoziciju. I tema je jaka, a to objašnjava i tvoja nota. Puno pozdrava, opet,
avene (12675) 2009-12-08 20:56
I really like this shot, the lines of the lanterns create great perspective that literally draws the viewer right into he image and towards the gate. even the people in the scene seem to be obeying the magnetic power of the perspective :) technically impeccable photo, considering how difficult the light must have been.
macondo (18637) 2009-12-09 1:55
What an incredibly sharp and perfectly focused shot for a hand-held at night. The viewpoint creates a superbly pleasing convergence of the two rows of lanterns, with the illuminated Chinese text between them. The overall colour combination of red, black and white looks great. The supporting structures for the lanterns look to me a little skimpy, hardly in keeping with the grand structure of the Thunder gate.
skippy007 (12510) 2009-12-09 3:16
Ciao Klaudio, Those converging lines of bright lanterns are a real eyecatcher. Well exposed with good colour & detail. Thanks for your informative & interesting note.
PS. I've asked Andrew to contact you about Sunday.
abiesudiono (235) 2009-12-11 2:22
Japan is famous for its lanterns, besides China of course. Lanterns along the row of buildings to create a charming perspective. Pretty and nice to look at.
Thanks for share.
Warmest regard's Abie.
ManuMay (36087) 2009-12-13 3:39
Wonderful composition provided by light tunnel...Very nice light management and optim point of view...A good definition indeed!!
Have a nice day...
kato (11630) 2011-04-01 20:31
Well composed, excellent tone and a photograph with fantastic atmosphere!
You are capturing well here from a good angle, so showing the row of right lanterns long is a good selection because it looks tedious if it symmetrically takes it from the center of the approach to a shrine, I think. The whole is united well by color balance and the shade to which the light is effective. And, the black color of background is effective in the point of the whole has been tightened.
- Copyright: Klaudio Branko Dadich (daddo) (26078)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-10-28
- Categories: Architecture
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1/30 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Unforgetable Japan
- Date Submitted: 2009-12-06 2:04