Hakata Thousand Year Gate

photo: Junko Nagata © Japanbyweb.com

Fukuoka: The Hakata Sennen-no Mon, or Hakata Thousand Year Gate, was built in 2014 to welcome visitors to the Temple Town area. The gate was named to acknowledge Hakata’s long history, and to pray for continued prosperity over the next 1,000 years. In addition to its grand appearance, the gate is filled with details symbolic of Hakata, such as the use of wood from a 1000year-old camphor tree donated by Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine and carved openwork featuring a pattern called kenjo-gara found in local Hakata textiles.