2018年03月19日

The main building of 'Ueno Toshogu' Shinto shrine is a rare building in Tokyo, which survived the Second World War.

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This Shinto shrine was built by 'Todo Taketora', who was a faithful retainer of 'Tokugawa Ieyasu (the first Tokugawa shogun)' and was also known as an expert in the art of castle-building, in his mansion grounds in 1627. The original main building was largely rebuilt by 'Tokugawa Iemitsu (the third Tokugawa shogun)' in 1651, as shown in the first picture.
Tokyo was entirely destroyed by the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923 and the fierce air-raid during the Second World War, however this building fortunately survived them. It's not a large building though, the exterior with gold leaves is amazing, and three successive Tokugawa shoguns, Ieyasu, Iemitsu and Yoshinobu, are enshrined here. The second picture shows the adjacent five-storied pagoda of 'Ueno Kan-eiji' Buddhist temple, which was originally built for this Shinto shrine in 1639. This pagoda is the original building too.
In this connection, I may add that the fire from the burning houses of Hiroshima, ignited by the atomic bombing, was brought here to remind many people of the nuclear disaster at the last days of the Second World War.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 13:15 | Tokyo-shrines and temples | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2017年01月27日

'Ikegami Honmonji' in Ota-ku, Tokyo, is a Buddhist temple built at the very place where 'Nichiren', the founder of Nichiren sect of Buddhism, passed away in 1282.

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Invalid Nichiren left 'Minobusan', the main temple of Nichiren Buddhism, in Yamanashi Prefecture in 1282, for present Ibaragi Prefecture and Chiba Prefecture.
The purpose of his trip was a hot spring cure combined with visiting his parents' grave. His condition unfortunately deteriorated while traveling in present Ota-ku Tokyo, and he passed away at the house of a leading local follower. Following his dying wish, his ashes were enshrined at Minobusan temple right away though, Ikegami Honmonji temple was also built at his last place at the same time by the local followers to remember the death of this greatest monk. This temple had been very much flourishing since, under the patronage of 'samurai' warriors in the Tokyo region. During the second World War, most buildings of this temple were destroyed because of the air raids. The first picture shows 'Daido' rebuilt in 1964, which is for worshipping Nichiren. The five-storied pagoda in the second picture, which was built in 1608 and fortunately escaped from the disaster of the war, is one of the oldest buildings in Tokyo.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.
通訳案内士 高木聖久。

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posted by masahisa at 15:50 | Tokyo-shrines and temples | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2014年12月16日

The late two emperors, born in Tokyo after the relocation of a capital to Tokyo from Kyoto, sleep in the ‘Musashiryo’ Imperial Mausoleum in Hachioji City, Tokyo.

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From the Emperor Jinmu who died in B.C.660 to the Emperor Showa in 1989, there are some 124 ex-emperors, and their mausoleums stand mainly in Kyoto and Nara as they were old capitals in Japan. The size and shape of the mounds were different from time to time, in the ancient times when emperors’ power was strong, the mounds were relatively big. On the other hand, after the Kamakura period in the 13th century when ‘samurai’ began to control Japan, the imperial mausoleum had gradually become modest. When Japan’s modernization started in the middle of the 19th century, which meant the construction of a new country following the Western countries under the banner of the Imperial Family, the Emperor Meiji, the great grand father of the present Emperor, moved to Tokyo from Kyoto. After him, the Emperors were buried in Tokyo.
The first picture shows the mound of the Emperor Showa, the father of the present Emperor, the second one is for the Empress Kojun, his Consort.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki

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posted by masahisa at 07:08 | Tokyo-shrines and temples | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする