Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Taikobashi and Shinjiike Pond, Dazaifu

The bridge within the Tenmangu Shrine in Dazaifu, in its red-orange color, contrasted sharply with the abundant greens of the foliage and muddier-colored water. The Taikobashi bridge is actually comprised of three elements; the first arched portion represents the past, the flat part connotes the present, and the second arched bridge is for the future. Although the arched portions were not smooth, the slight steps were quite gentle.
Shinjiike Pond, I read, is actually in the shape of the ideogram of a heart. With its trees in the island in the middle and pavilions around the edge, it reminded me of some places in Korea, such as the UNESCO "Secret Garden" at the Changdeokgung Palace in Seoul.

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