in case of fire

fire hydrant - kyoto

I loved this fire hydrant! It looks anthropomorphic. I also loved the splotchy light around it. This hydrant is located in the Imperial Palace in Kyoto. Although empty most of the time, the palace is kept under strict guard by what looks like federal agents/secret service.

One of the most interesting things about these historic structures, is that the most valuable things to steal are the walls and floors themselves, as there is no furniture or trinkets within them. Also we learned a nice tidbit – because fire was a big concern, many building have some kind of fish or serpent figure ornamented on the rooftops. They served as guardians against fire. Ironically, they drew lightning. Thank goodness for modern fire hydrants.

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