March 06, 2014

Poseidon of the East (9)


The nyokai (女怪) is the guardian born shortly before the kirin and destined to watch over him.

When the capital of Japan was moved to Kyoto in the late 8th century, the streets were laid out in a grid pattern.


Incidentally, so were the blocks in Salt Lake City. The thinking of city planners 1000 years apart reveals curious similarities, such as housing the seat of government at the north end of the city and the wide streets. The streets in Salt Lake City were wide enough for a wagon and team of oxen to turn around.

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