2014年07月13日

'Yasukuni Shrine' in Kudan, Tokyo, was built to pacify the vengeful spirits of the people who died for the sake of the nation in the civil wars in the process of Japan's modernization.

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Japan's modernization under the banner of the Emperor Meiji was triggered by the weakening of the 'Tokugawa Shogun' family in the middle of the 19th century. The conflicts between the Emperor side and Tokugawa side escalated into civil wars, and many people died for their country. Then Emperor Meiji established Yasukuni Shrine in 1869 in order to appease the vengeful spirits of the war victims for Japan's modernization. Thereafter, other people who died in the wars, such as the first and the second World War, were enshrined here, furthermore some war criminals of the second World War were also worshipped. China and Korea criticize the Japanese statesmen who pay a visit to this shrine though, this kind of attack is a long way off the mark. Because Japanese people regard even war criminals as holy spirits after their death.
This shrine also features 'Yushu-kan' war museum and authentic Japanese garden, as shown in the second picture.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2013年03月31日

A night view of Senso-ji Buddhist Temple in Asakusa, which light art is designed by Mikiko Ishii, is so beautiful that it can be a painting.

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Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, one of the leading tourists spots in Tokyo, is the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo and flourished as a center of religious belief among the masses in Edo, present Tokyo, from the 17th century to 19th century.
This temple is always busy with many sightseers from inside and outside the country, who head for Kaminari-mon gateway featuring a big red lantern and Nakamise shopping street. On the other hand, a night view of this temple is not widely known. At around 7:00pm, when most shops on Nakamise street are closing, the number of the sightseers remarkably reduces and the temple grounds are enshrined in evening gloom.
The picture shows the night view of this temple, five-story pagoda on the right and Hozo-mon gateway on the left. As shown in this picture, the night view of these buildings are beautiful thanks to Mikiko Ishii, who is Japan's leading lighting designer known for the lighting design of Tokyo Tower and Roppongi Hills.
This illumination is performed from sunset to 11:00pm everyday.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2012年10月27日

"Tsukiji-honganji" Buddhist temple in Tokyo is a branch temple of "Nishi-honganji" temple in Kyoto, which is the head temple of the "Jodo-shinshu" Sect founded by the Venerable "Shinran".

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This temple was originally built near Asakusa in Tokyo in 1617. However as it was burnt down by the "Meireki-no-taika" conflagration also known as "Furisode-kaji" in 1657, the temple was rebuilt by the order of the then government at the present site on reclaimed land called Tsukiji in 1679.
In this connection, the name of Tsukiji literally means a reclaimed land, and the neighborhood of Tsukiji fish market used to be the temple town of this religious institution. The present building was constructed in 1934 after the former building was destroyed by the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923.
As shown in the picture, this temple building bears extremely rare Indian style exterior together with the Honganji Branch Temple in Kobe.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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