Annual Fire Training & Drill


Fire Drill & Training

An action-packed shot from today’s fire training & drill!

This morning monks from the temple as well as members of the Kyoto Fire Department participated in a fire drill at Kondo Hall.

Fire is a very serious danger at historical sites like Ninnaji and it is important for people on site to be trained and familiar with what to do in an emergency. Members of the office staff as well as monks from the temple participate in this training event every year.

Training includes everything from how to perform CPR to practice using firefighting equipment including fire extinguishers and fire hoses.


Along with many children from the nearby elementary school, the mayor of Kyoto city (seen above in kimono) was present to watch over the event!


A look at the repairs at Chokushi Gate

Repairs to Chokushimon

This is the right side of the gate if you view it from outside of Goten. Things are certainly a bit messy!

Repairs to Chokushimon
On the side of the gate that faces into Goten you can see much more progress has been made. On the upper portion you can see the bare roof, the bark covering on the entire roof will be removed and then replaced. Notice that the wooden beam up at the top was actually covered with tiles. They have been temporarily removed.

And just in case you forgot what the gate looks like normally… The side you see visible in this photo is the same as the 2nd picture above.


I look forward to seeing the freshly redone gate later this fall!

From up high…

Repairs to Chokushimon

I was able to take a few pictures of the construction at Chokushi Gate today. I thought that the scaffolding is rather high in comparison to the gate’s height, but then I realized that it is the roof that is the main target of the repairs!

Being up in the scaffolding gave quite a different perspective on the Nio Gate and the pathway through the temple grounds.

In the foreground you can see the material that is being removed from the roof of the gate. Look forward to another post with pictures of the actual repairs in progress!

Chokushi Gate Undergoing Repairs

Chokushi Gate Under Repairs

This is all that can be seen of the Chokushi Gate for a while….

It will be undergoing repairs and maintenance until the end of November. It is unfortunate that guests visiting during this time period won’t be able to see the gate, but these repairs are necessary to ensure that the gate will be strong and beautiful for years to come.

There are still many beautiful sights at Ninna-ji to see the summer! It is still cool inside Goten and the garden is as beautiful as ever!