and Ieyasu -Lesson of Yomeimon Gate-
There is the sculpture, which expresses bullying. Although, there
are 20 sculptures of child play, the bulling is exceptional. Why
is there such a sculpture in the famous Yomeimon Gate?
is a reverse expression of peaceful will. Children can play freely
and easily in the peaceful society. In addition, those children
establish the next peaceful society. In this sense, children are
more precious than others. "Go for the right way and build
a foundation of the peace." Those sculptures tell us Ieyasu's
The child, who bares one shoulder,
Someone stops them, and someone pretends as if nothing is happening.
What do you do?
story of Sima Guang" One day, Sima Guang (1019-1086) was playing
with his friends, but one of them fell into a big water-jug. The
water-jug was the treasure of Sima's father. However, Sima broke
the jug by stone in order to save his friend. Sima was thinking
of father's anger, but the father admired Sima's behavior and taught
the importance of life. An impressive scene of this legend is carved
in the center of the Yomeimon Gate.
A child tries to break the
snowman down. Another child starts crying.
Playing tag, which
was the trend of child play in Edo period.
"Walking on stilts"
(Two children on the right)
Children are making a snowman.
Snowball fight will be started then.