Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Japanese traditional architecture, a rare style building Wari-haiden

Wari-haiden, Yuki Shrine, Mount Kurama, Kyoto
After speaking a few days ago about traditional haiden architecture, today I would like to share with you one of the most sumptuous and rarest styles, photographed while climbing Mount Kurama, at the Yuki Shrine.

Called Wari-haiden, “divided worship hall", this is a building made from two identical halls divided by a corridor and elegantly covered by a single roof. The roof has undulating gables (karahafu) over the corridor, which makes the building look like a karamon gate: a sanctuary and a gate, an amazing construction, rebuilt by Toyotomi Hideyori, the son of the famous Toyotomi Hideyoshi warlord. 

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