Five-story pagoda at Nikkō Tōshō-gū






Interesting Facts : 


  • The original five-storey pagoda was donated by a daimyō in 1650, but it was burned down during a fire, and was rebuilt in 1818. 
  • Each storey represents an element–
    • earth, 
    • water, 
    • fire, 
    • wind and 
    • aether (or void)–in ascending order. 
  • Inside the pagoda, a central shinbashira pillar hangs from chains[1] to minimize damage from earthquakes.[2]


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