2019年04月04日

Beautiful cherry blossoms are appreciated in every spring at 'Tsukudo Hachiman Shrine' standing in the heart of Tokyo.

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The name of 'tsukudo' has originated from the fact that the foundation of Tsukudo Hachiman Shrine was built with the soil all the way from 'Usa Hachiman Shrine' in Kyushu. Usa Hachiman Shrine is the head temple of all Hachiman shrines in Japan, and tsukudo means building a soil base for a building. Thereafter this shrine had gradually become a full-scale tutelary shrine thanks to the support of a powerful feudal lord in this area. Although this shrine was destroyed by the fire during the Second World War, yet this was reconstructed in 1963 with a donation from the locals. An old stone 'torii gate' over the steep stone steps leading to the shrine's main building causes a traditional Japanese atmosphere. The shrine grounds are well maintained, thus lovely cherry blossoms are in full bloom in every spring as shown in the picture.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki

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