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This gate found in the garden of temple Naka-in has stayed closed for as long as I have known of its existence. I do not know what lies beyond this gate. But this gate, as a part of the larger garden, plays an essential role as a separation of what is a public and what is a private part of the garden. Minimalist in its construction and its appearance the gate speaks of its long history. One day it will open its doors and will reveal its stories. But for the given moment the gate stays forever closed like someone who has closed his mouth and refuses to speak. Mon (Gate) is a global language. Just like a smile on someone's face, an open gate to us is a sign of welcoming, a smile. On the other hand, a closed gate is a sign of rejection.

This temple Naka-in (built in 828 A.D) was the former centre and the head of a much larger tri-partite complex called Muryoju-temple. Nan-in (Southern compound) has long ago disappeared; the temple at Kita-in (Northern compound) much favoured by the Tokugawa regime (Edo period, 1603-1868), still exists with its most glorious history. The relationship between Naka-in and Kita-in has not been very good since Naka-in lost its prestige at the beginning of the Tokugawa era. Somehow to me this gate symbolises its history and its past. The gate speaks without a word; the silence is the only way this gate communicates with us. However its existence always intrigued me, I would be most curious to find out what others think of this Mon.

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Additional Photos by Nobu Nobudy (nobuikehonda) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 66 N: 1256] (3848)
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