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Toji Temple by Patrick Foto ;)
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Wooden pagoda of Toji temple, Kyoto Japan

historical women 15/?: Queen Seondeok, ?-647

Queen Seondeok reigned as Queen Regnant of Silla, one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea, from 632 to 647. She was Silla’s twenty-seventh ruler, and its first reigning queen… she had built the nine-story wooden pagoda in Hwangnyongsa… She built the “Star-Gazing Tower,” or Cheomseongdae, considered the first dedicated observatory in the Far East. The tower still stands in the old Silla capital of Gyeongju, South Korea. She also worked towards relief of poverty…One story recounts that her father received a box of peony seeds from the Emperor Taizong of Tang accompanied by a painting of what the flowers looked like. Looking at the picture, the young Seondeok remarked that while the flower was pretty it was a shame that it did not smell. “If it did, there would be butterflies and bees around the flower in the painting.”

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Autumn red by Teruhide Tomori
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Taken with 15mm Fisheye Lens Located : Toji temple, Kyoto. 京都 / 東寺 教王護国寺