Water Fountain Garden

Water Fountain Garden

The Thinker (LE PENSEUR)
  • The Thinker
    The Thinker
  • By Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)
    1880
    Kyoto National Museum
  • The Thinker, one of Auguste Rodin's most famous sculptures, was originally a part of his Gates of Hell. Although there are several examples of The Thinker, this work was cast at an early stage of its production.
Hoko-ji Temple Stonewall
  • Hoko-ji Temple Stonewall
    Hoko-ji Temple Stonewall
  • National Historical Site
  • The warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536-98) built this stonewall for Hoko-ji Temple, upon the grounds which the Kyoto National Museum now stands. Constructed in Tensho 16 (1588), this stone structure once had a tiled-roofed mud wall standing upon it. Later, when Hideyoshi's son Hideyori (1593-1615) rebuilt this wall, the tiled-roofed mud wall was replaced with a covered corridor. The traces of this former wall's pillar bases can still be seen in the southwest corner.

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