|KEY WORD : architecture / gates|
| 1 The
main entrance gate for many Zen temples. They are large, single-storied, 8-legged or 4-legged gates
of various styles. They are located in front of a high gate called *sanmon
三門. See *butsumon
Zuiganji Soumon 瑞巌寺総門 (Miyagi)
2 A generic name for the large outermost gate that serves as the formal entrance to an aristocratic dwelling
or temple precinct. HEIKE MONOGATARI 平家物語 (The Tale of Heike; completed between 1219-33), refers to a Sanjou omote-no-soumon 三条表の総門 which translates as the main gate in front of the Sanjou mansion.
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