The Daisen Kofun, Japan - 2010
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Entrance gate to the largest kofun in Japan.
The kofun are funerary burial mounds, artificial hills created by man. They get their name from their shape, which resembles a keyhole. They can be found in Korea, Japan and China.
Today, kofun are protected and can be found during walks in Nara and Sakai. You can only admire them from the outside, as in most cases they have remained sealed and intact, protected by law against archaeological excavations. Covered with trees and lush vegetation, they give a picture of what Japan could have looked like centuries ago. Their interiors remain an archaeological mystery.