The Koubou Ichi Market At Toji Temple, A UNESCO World Heritage Site
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The Koubou Ichi Market At Toji Temple, A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Kyoto 2015.05.14

In Kyoto you can find Toji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with a solemn atmosphere and historical five story pagoda on the grounds. But once a month, a completely different side of Toji Temple is exposed - the Koubou Ichi Market. Let's take a look

Translated byShinji Takaramura

Born in 1959. Currently working as a freelance translator, after 21 years in various companies.

Written by SakamotoAyako

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Toji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage, is symbolized by the five-storied Pagoda. It is usually a quiet, solemn place, but on the 21st of every month, it shows us a different side altogether.

The Koubou Ichi Market is held on that day.

On the 21st, go through the grave Keigamon gate, under a clear blue sky...

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... and you will find hordes of people.

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Is this really the inside of a temple?

When you talk about markets in Japan, many people tend to think of the outside market at Tsukiji market, or the Nishiki market at Kyoto, a place where people come for fresh food.
But at the Koubou Ichi Market, there are more shops that deal in textiles and antiques such as ceramic plates and vases, than food. The local people refer to Koubou Ichi Market as a "textile market," "antique market," or call it "Koubou-san," with affection.

Next PageAn antique market full of wonders on the next page.
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