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Largest Temple Bell in Japan at Toyokuni Shrine

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Published on Nov 24, 2011

And probably in the world. Or atleast that is what the Shrine keeper told me. The Bell is about 4.2 Meters (about 15 Feet) high and weighs a whopping 82.7 Tonnes.

This bell is located at Toyokuni Shrine, Kyoto City, Japan.

This Shinto Shrine is a shrine dedicated to the spirit of Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536-1598), a great man and a deified hero in the 16th century, who settled a civil war raged throughout Japan, and ruled all over the country between the years of 1573 to 1598 until the political power shifted to Tokugawa Shogunate.

Toyotomi Hideyoshi is very well known in Japan of his extraordinary success, because he was born in a poor farming family and became a ruler of Japan.

The Cypress bark roofed and with gold plated ornaments on the gate is called as the "Kara-mon Gate", which is a National Treasure representing the culture of Momoyama period, about 400 years ago, known as an epoch making period of Japanese culture. The gate was built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in his Fushimi castle, and relocated here about 130 years ago.

On the transom, there are sculptures of crane made by Hidari Jingoro, a famous carver of the 16th century. They are called as "Cranes without eyes". The reason why they have no eyes is said because they will fly away if their eyes are given. (Source: The temple brochure)

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