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Katsura,  JapanStone Pagodas are well known in China, Korea and Japan where they often are placed in front of a Buddhist temple or within the temple surroundings.
Similar in shape to the wooden constructions the stone pagoda made from granite are durable and tend to survive fire out brakes which are a major cause of destruction to temples in earthquake plagued Japan.
Pagodas are usually placed on a hillside or next to a path in an Eastern themed garden.

A Pagoda or Stupa serves as a memorial to Buddha honoring his life and teachings throughout Asia.
Most pagodas have an odd number of tiers, however, there are also famous examples such as the Gyeongcheonsa Pagoda in the National Museum in Seoul/Korea, which is made out of marvel and has ten tiers.

The Chinese understood the elements as different types of energy in a state of constant interaction.

Although it is usually translated as "element" the Chinese word 'xing' literally means "changing states of being". This is explained as follows:

  • Wood feeds fire
  • Fire creates earth (ash)
  • Earth bears metal
  • Metal collects water
  • Water nourishes wood

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Gojunotou Stone PagodaFive tiered Stupas represent the five natural elements of the universe, earth, water, fire, wind and metal.

A lotus flower, the symbol for Buddha, crowns the top of the Pagoda.
Elements: 13 pieces
Height: ca. 165 cm

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13 story Pagoda Kyoto National MuseumSenganen, also known as Isoteien, is a Japanese style landscaped garden. Located at the foot of a wooded hill near Kagoshima, Kyushu this garden is the perfect place to have a nice view onto the volcano Sakurajima and to enjoy the blossom from over 400 cherry trees.

The garden contains beautiful former residential buildings and a small museum dedicated to the Shimazu Clan, which ruled Kagoshima for almost 700 years.

A Gojunotou pagoda with 5 tiers is dominating for the high spot this traditional Japanese garden.

Shin Hanga Print Hasui Kawase Stone LanternThe Japanese art of illumination has attracted artists for centuries. This ukiyo-e, a Japanese woodblock created by the Shin Hanga Master Hasui Kawase in the years between 1946-57 displays a temple gate with stone lantern and figures in the rain.
On the background of the image a big wooden pagoda is seen through the mist. Japanese woodblock prints are called hanga where Han means 'a printing block', and ga is a 'picture'.  
The 20th century 'shin hanga' prints follow a long tradition of creating ukiyo-e since the 17th century.

The Shinzentouron stone lantern is often seen in the area of Kyoto, Mt. Heie and Takayama. Hida Takayama is located in the northern part of Gifu Prefecture.


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