This article accompanies the fable
A stone marker is all that remains of the Rashomon Gate, made famous by Kurosawa’s movie of 1950. How appropriate that Rashomon (literally “castle gate”), which was the great southern gate of the city of Kyoto (then known as Heian-Kyo), is now an anonymous marker in a children’s playground. The gate itself is long gone.
The film was not a critical success in Japan but it was a commercial success. It has always been revered in Western popular culture – or at least the concept has been revered. No one actually watches the movie anymore.