Temple of Heaven

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Temple of Heaven

Image by jdruschke
Where Ming emporers came to pray for a boutiful harvest. In fung shui, round is heaven, rectagular is earth.


Image by mathewajay
Both the shrine and the city were built with Fung Shui in mind[3]. The present location was carefully chosen as the most propitious after consultation with a diviner because it had a mountain to the north (the Hokuzan (北山, Hokuzan?)), a river to the east (the Namerikawa), a great road to the west (the Kotō Kaidō (古東街道, Kotō Kaidō?)) and was open to the south (on Sagami Bay)[3]. Each direction was protected by a god: Genbu guarded the north, Seiryū the east, Byakko the west and Suzaku the south[3]. The willows near the Genpei Ponds (see below) and the catalpas next to the Museum of Modern Art represent respectively Seiryū and Byakko[3]. In spite of all the changes the shrine has gone through over the years, in this respect Yoritomo’s design is still basically intact[3].


Image by BigEd Stites
This yellow brick wall with the flowers was good fung shui. It would block the evil spirits from the home, provide the residents in the courtyard with some privacy, and the flowers provide happiness and tranquility.

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