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World's Coolest Ceilings

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Look out above! The world’s coolest ceilings crop up in some unexpected places.

Dharma Hall in Kennin-ji, Kyoto, Japan

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The oldest Zen temple in Kyoto was founded in 1202, and for its 800th anniversary, Japanese artist Koizumi Junsaku created a dramatic display of clouds and twin dragons rampaging across the ceiling. It took nearly two years to ink-paint the detailed scene on traditional Japanese paper, and the only space he found large enough for the task was the gym of a Hokkaido elementary school. His work is the size of 108 tatami mats (approximately 37’ x 51.5’ for those not used to measuring size via tatami mat).

World's Coolest Ceilings

Dharma Hall in Kennin-ji, Kyoto, Japan

The oldest Zen temple in Kyoto was founded in 1202, and for its 800th anniversary, Japanese artist Koizumi Junsaku created a dramatic display of clouds and twin dragons rampaging across the ceiling. It took nearly two years to ink-paint the detailed scene on traditional Japanese paper, and the only space he found large enough for the task was the gym of a Hokkaido elementary school. His work is the size of 108 tatami mats (approximately 37’ x 51.5’ for those not used to measuring size via tatami mat).

© Skye Hohmann Japan Images / Alamy
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